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North Carolina Senate budget adjustments heading to floor

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The budget adjustments proposed by the North Carolina Senate for next year are heading to the floor after encountering little or no resistance in committees this week.

Debate and the first of two required votes on the $22.2 billion plan were scheduled Thursday in the chamber. The second vote was slated for early Friday, just after midnight. The expected Senate budget approval will set the stage for negotiations with the House, which approved a competing plan two weeks ago. They want a final budget in Gov. Pat McCrory’s hands by the end of the month.

The plan crafted by Senate Republicans would raise teacher pay on average more than the House proposal and sets aside more money in reserves as protection against the next economic downturn.

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