NC budget passes final reading, sent to McCrory

NC General Assembly

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The latest on the North Carolina state budget compromise: (all times local)

12:10 a.m.

The North Carolina General Assembly has given its final formal support to a spending plan negotiated by Republicans to run government through June 2017, and that will soon become law.

The spending proposal cleared both chambers when the House voted a second time on the measure in less than three hours early Friday morning. The Senate held two affirmative votes for the budget bill earlier in the week.

The measure now will head to Gov. Pat McCrory, who said Thursday he would sign the bill into law before a temporary spending measure that directed government spending without a final budget in place expires late Friday night.

The final House vote of 81-33 was similar to the margin of the initial House vote Thursday night.


RALEIGH, N.C. (AP)- The North Carolina House has given its tentative approval to the two-year state budget that Republican lawmakers took all summer to negotiate. Only one more vote is needed before the measure goes to Gov. Pat McCrory, who already said he’ll sign it.

The House voted 80-35 after four hours of debate Thursday night. The Senate signed off on the plan Wednesday.

A second and final House vote was expected to occur just after midnight.

House Republicans on Thursday highlighted increased spending for public education and $600 million for reserves and government building repairs in urging colleagues to vote for the plan. But several Democrats said the budget fell short on teacher and state employee pay and expanding the sales tax for repairs and installations.

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