- Associated Press - Thursday, May 12, 2016

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The Latest on the North Carolina House’s budget proposal (all times local):

3:20 p.m.

Budget adjustments offered by North Carolina House Republicans have provided few surprises or dramatic spending changes so far but gives Gov. Pat McCrory some of the items he requested last month.

Several committees covering wide swaths of state government met Thursday to debate and vote on large portions of the comprehensive $22 billion budget the full House is expected to pass by the end of next week.

The education proposal does send money in a different direction, foregoing the hiring of more first-grade teachers and channeling that money toward literacy coaches in early grades. Republicans also want to spend more lottery profits on hiring non-instructional personnel in the public schools. McCrory had wanted extra lottery profits earmarked for several new education initiatives.

The committees aren’t addressing proposed pay increases for teachers and state employees. That proposal will be released early next week.


1:20 a.m.

North Carolina House Republicans are preparing to discuss publicly what adjustments they want to the second year of the current two-year state budget.

Several House committees scheduled meetings Thursday to unveil draft spending proposals covering broad categories of state government for the new year starting July 1. Committee members are expected to consider amendments from Democrats and Republicans before forwarding their work to the chamber’s top budget-writers.

The committee meetings are part of the House’s plan to get a complete spending bill approved by the end of next week. That will require more committee work and two recorded votes on the House floor. Then it’ll be the Senate’s turn to pass a competing proposal.

The two chambers already have agreed to limit spending to about $22.3 billion next year.

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