RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The Latest on the North Carolina Senate’s proposed state government budget getting debate in the chamber (all times local):
North Carolina government budget adjustments proposed by the Senate are making their way quickly through committees on the way to the chamber floor later this week.
The Senate Appropriations Committee and Finance Committee recommended Wednesday the $22.2 billion proposal to the full Senate after a little debate and consideration of a few amendments. The measure was expected to clear one more committee later Wednesday.
The measure spends the same amount as the House did in its plan approved two weeks ago, although the Senate spends less on programs and more on teacher salaries and setting aside cash in reserves. It also implements an income tax cut sooner than the House.
The Senate added several significant policy changes to how corporate income taxes and sales taxes on repairs and maintenance are determined. The state lottery could spend twice as much on advertising, and pollution control measures for watersheds would be reworked.
The North Carolina Senate now is ready to consider its own budget proposal, with a goal to vote on it by the end of the week.
Senate Republicans scheduled an appropriations committee Wednesday to talk about their adjustments to the second year of the current two-year budget.
GOP leaders are emphasizing teacher and state employee pay raises and college tuition limits and reductions in the $22.2 billion plan. They’re also setting aside another $580 million in rainy day reserves to handle the next economic downturn, whenever that comes.
Senate chief budget-writer Harry Brown of Jacksonville anticipates more committee work before two recorded votes Thursday and Friday. Then the House and Senate will try to work out their differences by July 1. The House passed its own plan two weeks ago.
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