The Senate's version of North Carolina's state budget is one step closer to passage.
The chamber's largest budget-writing committee approved a two-year spending plan Tuesday full of spending cuts to public education, Medicaid and other agencies.
Committee members took 15 amendments before sending it to the full chamber. The first floor vote is likely to happen Wednesday.
One amendment eliminated a provision that would have ordered the State Board of Education to fund only one local school district per county.
The change could have forced several small school systems to merge with county systems.
The bill also raises the average class size in the public
schools by two students and freezes the rate paid by doctors and
hospitals to see Medicaid patients.