- Associated Press - Friday, September 18, 2015

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - 11:50 a.m.

A North Carolina state budget that was supposed to reach Gov. Pat McCrory by July 1 is finally law.

McCrory’s office confirmed he signed the 429-page budget measure Friday morning hours after the General Assembly gave it final legislative approval with a post-midnight vote in the House. The Senate voted for the two-year spending bill earlier in the week.

House and Senate Republicans got mired in negotiations that lasted all summer, with some House leaders calling it the widest gulf they had ever seen in competing budget plans.

The delays required lawmakers to pass three temporary spending laws to direct government operations, the last of which expires late Friday night. McCrory said Thursday he would sign the bill before that deadline.

12:10 a.m.

The North Carolina General Assembly has given its final formal support to a spending plan negotiated by Republicans to run government through June 2017, and that will soon become law.

The spending proposal cleared both chambers when the House voted a second time on the measure in less than three hours early Friday morning. The Senate held two affirmative votes for the budget bill earlier in the week.

The measure now will head to Gov. Pat McCrory, who said Thursday he would sign the bill into law before a temporary spending measure that directed government spending without a final budget in place expires late Friday night.

The final House vote of 81-33 was similar to the margin of the initial House vote Thursday night.

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