- Associated Press - Monday, August 17, 2015

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Top legislative leaders at the North Carolina General Assembly are still working toward reaching a milestone in their negotiations on a state budget that’s nearly seven weeks overdue.

House and Senate Republicans exchanged proposals late last week that seek to finalize how much the chambers would agree to spend in the two-year plan. House Rules Chairman David Lewis of Dunn said Monday his chamber was waiting to hear back from the Senate on their latest offer.

The legislature has passed two temporary spending measures to operate state government in the meanwhile, with the latest expiring Aug. 31.

Lewis says he expected more time set aside for negotiations with the Senate on Monday evening and Tuesday.

The two chambers previously passed budget proposals nearly $700 million apart for this year.

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