- Associated Press - Thursday, May 19, 2016

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The Latest on North Carolina House debate over proposed budget adjustments for next year (all times local):

12:05 p.m.

The full state House voted on more than two dozen amendments while passing their version of the North Carolina government budget this week. Items that didn’t get to the floor for debate would have repealed House Bill 2 and canceled an agreement to build lanes on Interstate 77 north of Charlotte.

Speaker Tim Moore ruled both amendments out of order because they didn’t comply with House rules. He said Thursday an amendment by Rep. Darren Jackson of Raleigh to repeal the law LGBT law wasn’t relevant to the budget. Jackson says he’s optimistic the bill will still be debated and voted on this year.

Rep. Julia Howard of Mocksville filed the I-77 toll amendment. Moore says the amendment didn’t qualify for floor debate because of uncertainty over a monetary penalty for canceling a contract with a private company to build the toll lanes.


11:55 a.m.

The North Carolina House has completed work on its budget adjustments for next year by approving the plan again by a wide margin.

The chamber voted 103-12 on Thursday in favor of the proposal, which alters the second year of the two-year state government spending plan already in place. The $22.2 billion plan was given tentative approval Wednesday by an identical vote.

The measure next goes to the Senate, where Republicans will have their own ideas, particularly on taxes and employee pay.

The House plan raises teacher salaries by 4.1 percent on average and gives most state workers at 2 percent pay increase. Standard deductions for income taxes also are raised over a four-year period.

House and Senate negotiators want to get a final plan to Gov. Pat McCrory’s desk before July 1.


4:30 a.m.

North Carolina House Republicans are seeking another show of bipartisan support for their budget adjustments before leaving Raleigh for the weekend.

The House scheduled more debate Thursday before the second of two required votes on the $22.2 billion state government spending plan.

All but 12 of the 115 House members voting Wednesday gave initial approval to the measure, which gives teachers and state employees raises and income tax filers tax breaks by slowly raising the standard deduction over the next four years.

After Thursday’s final vote the debate officially moves to the Senate, where Republican budget-writers planned to gather Friday to talk about their own plan. House and Senate negotiators ultimately want to get a final plan to Gov. Pat McCrory’s desk before July 1.

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