Senate Republicans Move NC Budget To House

Senate Republicans are handing off their vision of North Carolina's state budget to their House counterparts.

The Senate gave its final approval Thursday to a government spending plan of roughly $21 billion for each of the next two years.

Like Wednesday's initial vote, the 33-17 margin was along party lines in favor of Republicans.

House Republicans will make changes to the Senate's plan and eventually the chambers will work out a final plan to present to GOP Gov. Pat McCrory.

The House is likely to look long and hard at Senate provisions that would transfer the State Bureau of Investigation to a McCrory Cabinet agency and eliminate a dozen Special Superior Court judgeships.

The House also is expected to offer a smaller tax cut next year than the Senate.