The Latest: Budget adjustment bill advancing at legislature

May 29, 2018 - 2:16 pm

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on the release at the General Assembly of North Carolina state budget adjustments for next fiscal year (all times local):

2:15 p.m.

Republicans at the General Assembly have advanced their proposed North Carolina state budget adjustments for the coming year despite complaints from Democrats about the details and the parliamentary process.

The nearly $24 billion spending plan moved through appropriations committees Tuesday on the way to floor votes starting Wednesday. The approved measure will wind up on Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper's desk. Cooper will likely repeat what he did last year, when he vetoed the two-year budget but GOP lawmakers overrode it.

This year's measure contains average 6.5 percent pay raises for teachers and raises the minimum salary for any full-time state worker to just over $31,000.

There's money inside the plan for school safety improvements and school construction and new forgivable loan programs to recruit and retain state troopers and criminal justice employees.

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2 a.m.

The North Carolina General Assembly is making quick work of approving adjustments to the second year of the two-year state government budget.

House and Senate Republicans reached an agreement on a nearly $24 billion plan more than a month before the new fiscal year begins July 1. They scheduled a joint budget committee to discuss the details Tuesday, less than two weeks after the annual session began.

Both chambers expected floor votes on the final package later this week before the budget bill heads to Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper's desk.

The full plan was released Monday night. It includes 6.5 percent teacher pay raises on average, $15 million for prison security upgrades and previously announced initiatives to lure large companies to the state and study little-known contaminants in state rivers.

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