NC Senate gives final OK to $22.2 billion budget bill

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North Carolina Senate gives final OK to budget bill (WTVD)

Senators have completed their work on proposed adjustments to the current North Carolina government budget.

The Senate met early Friday just after midnight to give its final approval to the $22.2 billion plan drawn up by Republicans.

Debate lasted less than 10 minutes before senators voted 26-13 for the plan. They debated a few hours Thursday before giving initial approval on a party-line vote.

See more on the North Carolina government budget proposal

GOP leaders highlighted teacher pay raises in the proposal and nearly $600 million more in reserves for the next economic downturn. Democrats criticized the lack of across-the-board state employee raises and increased spending on scholarships for K-12 students to attend private schools.


The House already approved its budget changes. Next, legislators from both chambers will negotiate a compromise plan to present to Gov. Pat McCrory.

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