Negotiators have progressed in the past two weeks toward fashioning a final state spending plan. But legislative leaders won't get much further until they determine how much money they can spend.
Lawmakers say they hope they can put the budget together before
the new budget year begins July First.
House and Senate Democrats have been weighed down with tax
questions and how to help counties with Medicaid expenses.
The Senate has assured North Carolina's 100 counties that it
wants the state to take over their share of expenses for Medicaid.
House leaders would prefer spending 100 million dollars to
reduce the counties' expenses for one year if legislators don't
agree on a permanent fix.