- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 29, 2016

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The final budget agreement for North Carolina state government picked up support from two Senate Democrats a day after a preliminary party-line vote on the adjustments for next year.

The Senate voted 36-14 on Wednesday for the plan that spends $22.3 billion, gives teachers and state workers raises and increases income tax standard deductions. Democratic Sens. Ben Clark of Hoke County and Jane Smith of Robeson County crossed the aisle and joined with all Republicans in voting for the bill. The two were “no” votes Tuesday.

There was no debate Wednesday on the bill after a little more than an hour of discussion on the Senate floor Tuesday.

The House must complete two positive votes on the measure later this week before the bill goes to Gov. Pat McCrory’s desk.

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