- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 4, 2016

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina Republican legislative leaders have agreed on how much the state should spend next year. It appears to resolve early an issue that tripped up budget negotiations last year and led to a General Assembly session lasting eight months.

House senior budget-writer Nelson Dollar of Cary and Senate counterpart Harry Brown of Jacksonville announced Wednesday the two chambers have agreed to limit spending to a little over $22.2 billion. That would be less than 2.3 percent higher than current year spending.

Gov. Pat McCrory has proposed spending $109 million more than the legislature’s figure.

Last year, competing House and Senate budget bills were originally $685 million apart. It took them until August to negotiate a final number.

The House wants to approve its budget adjustments in two weeks.

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