North Carolina lawmakers announce a tentative budget deal

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina Republican legislative leaders say they finally have a state budget deal that ends a stalemate that began in June and forced lawmakers to pass temporary spending measures three times.

The tentative agreement announced Friday night by House Speaker Tim Moore and Senate leader Phil Berger clears the path for votes on the compromise deal next week. The current stopgap spending law expires Sept. 18.

Top budget negotiators called in Berger and Moore in recent days to help work out stubborn differences. There’s been lots of debate behind closed doors around funds for teacher assistants and teen driver’s education.

Republicans comfortably control both General Assembly chambers. GOP Gov. Pat McCrory would be asked to sign the budget into law.

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