- Associated Press - Friday, June 3, 2016

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Senators have completed their work on proposed adjustments to the current North Carolina government budget.

The Senate met early Friday just after midnight to give its final approval to the $22.2 billion plan drawn up by Republicans. Debate lasted less than 10 minutes before senators voted 26-13 for the plan. They debated a few hours Thursday before giving initial approval on a party-line vote.

GOP leaders highlighted teacher pay raises in the proposal and nearly $600 million more in reserves for the next economic downturn. Democrats criticized the lack of across-the-board state employee raises and increased spending on scholarships for K-12 students to attend private schools.

The House already approved its budget changes. Next, legislators from both chambers will negotiate a compromise plan to present to Gov. Pat McCrory.

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