- Associated Press - Thursday, June 23, 2016

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The top House and Senate leaders say they’ve made progress on fashioning final North Carolina budget adjustments for next year and sound optimistic a compromise will be voted on sometime next week.

Senate leader Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore both told reporters Thursday agreement on how to spend $22.2 billion should be reached no later than Monday. Differences on tax cuts and employee raises were still issues.

The final spending bill would adjust the second year of the two-year budget approved last fall. The second year begins July 1. Any approved bill would go to Gov. Pat McCrory’s desk.

The Senate also plans to hold an unusual work session Friday to move along other legislation it wants passed before the legislature adjourns in the next week or two.

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