State House Makes Concession On Lottery Advertising

A proposal by North Carolina House Republicans to expand state lottery advertising spending to generate more profits for education appears to be off the table.

Chief House budget negotiator Rep. Nelson Dollar of Cary told senators Wednesday that future budget compromise offers would no longer contain an additional $30 million from the lottery. The money would come from doubling the cap on lottery advertising expenses. House Republicans also wanted to limit ad content and prohibit lottery ads or sponsorships with universities at the same time. The House would stop pushing for those changes, too.

Senators opposed the combination and preferred the status quo.

The concession helped move budget negotiations along after contentious meetings Wednesday morning. Senators planned to huddle later Wednesday to generate another budget offer.

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More trouble in North Carolina budget negotiations after senators left the room when the House brought in local school leaders to speak to bolster its position to preserve funds for teacher assistants.

House budget-writers called Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Superintendent Heath Morrison during a public negotiating session Wednesday morning. But chief Senate negotiator Harry Brown said the two chambers had not agreed to allow outside speakers, and he and other Senate Republicans walked out.

Senators returned later as the House's speakers concluded and presided over the joint Senate-House meeting.

The Senate proposal would eliminate funding for more than 7,000 assistants in second and third grades. The House keeps the funds. The Senate wants to spend unused teacher assistant money on higher teacher pay raises than the House offered.

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