NC Lawmakers Have Formally Met Once To Tackle Budget

Republicans pledged to work better together than their Democratic predecessors when they took over North Carolina state government, and they offer proof of success.

But this year's budget negotiations have taken a feisty turn for House and Senate Republicans and GOP Gov. Pat McCrory.

The two chambers have met formally just once to work on a compromise spending plan for the fiscal year starting Tuesday. Senate leader Phil Berger says his chamber wants more comfort about Medicaid forecasts first.

So last week McCrory and House Speaker Thom Tillis announced an unusual pact to support a slimmed-down spending proposal to get teacher pay raises approved sooner. They didn't invite Berger. The next day Senate budget-writers grilled McCrory budget director Art Pope on Medicaid. Senators threatened subpoenas if he didn't attend.