After delay, NC House prepped to begin budget debate

NC House gives final approval on budget plan (Image 1)

The North Carolina House is trying to kick-start floor debate on its two-year state government budget proposal after a one-day delay.

The chamber was slated to meet Thursday morning to consider changes before the first of two recorded floor votes on the full spending plan. Debate had been set to begin Wednesday evening, but it got pushed back to give research staff more time to draw up dozens of amendments. The delay means another vote likely will occur Friday.

The proposal written by Republicans spends more than $22 billion annually and gives at least 2 percent raises to teachers and state employees. GOP leaders call the plan pragmatic and responsible. Conservative groups say budget-writers spend too much, extend too many tax breaks and benefit special interests.

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