RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Budget negotiations are getting down to the short rows at the North Carolina General Assembly.
House and Senate Republicans have been talking for the last two weeks about differences in their competing legislation to run state government for the next 12 months.
Legislative leaders say they’ve resolved most of the differences, and it’s gotten to the point where Senate leader Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore are involved to unstick the remaining issues.
Senate budget-writer Harry Brown said Wednesday tax changes and employee compensation remain issues but was optimistic agreements could be reached at any time. Moore spokesman Andy Munn took a more cautious tone, saying the House wouldn’t abandon its priorities just to get a deal.
An approved final budget must go to Gov. Pat McCrory’s desk.