By Associated Press - Monday, April 11, 2016

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Gov. Pat McCrory says he’d like to see more taxpayer spending on mental health, the elderly and children.

McCrory on Monday talked about some of his priorities for the budget North Carolina lawmakers hammer out this summer.

It’s not clear whether the governor’s proposals for nearly $50 million in spending would come on top of the state’s nearly $22 billion budget or represents money redistributed from somewhere else. A McCrory spokesman did not respond to a message seeking comment.

McCrory is urging legislators to spend more on emergency housing for adults diagnosed with substance abuse or serious mental problems. The governor wants to expand Medicaid and state services for the elderly, including those with Alzheimer’s disease. McCrory also wants to add 400 pre-kindergarten spots for at-risk 4-year-olds.

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