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NC House 1 vote away from passing $21B budget

EMERY DALESIO
Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — The North Carolina House is closing in on approving a $21 billion budget full of cuts, policy shifts and a raise for public school teachers averaging 7 percent.

The spending plan for the year that started a month ago won preliminary approval from the House on Friday. The Senate passed it earlier Friday. A final vote is expected in the state House on Saturday. The document was negotiated among Republicans, who hold large legislative majorities.

The budget holds spending flat by committing $153 million of one-time money and tapping $620 million in savings from the previous year.

Class sizes in kindergarten and first grade will be reduced, but child care subsidies are being reduced and Medicaid provider payments cut.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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