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House reject Senate budget bill, setting up negotiations

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Negotiations should begin in earnest now that the state House has formally rejected the Senate’s proposal to adjust the North Carolina government budget for next year.

The House voted unanimously Wednesday not to support the $22.2 billion spending plan the Senate approved last week. This action will create a conference committee to work out differences between what the Senate passed and the House approved last month.

Pay raises for teachers and state employees and the timeline for carrying out an income tax cut are among the biggest differences. The future of Senate provisions to lower tuition on University of North Carolina campuses and rewrite of some water quality rules will have to be worked out.

Lawmakers want to get a final plan to Gov. Pat McCrory’s desk before July 1.

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