NC Democrats Agree To Spending, Tax Framework

Lawmakers are making progress on a North Carolina state government budget deal.

House and Senate Democrats tentatively agreed Friday morning to broad spending and taxing parameters through mid-2011. The plan is to spend $18.9 billion in state funds this year while raising $990 million in new taxes.

One of the negotiators, Rep. Bill Owens of Pasquotank County, said it's great news but cautions that line-by-line expense items still must be worked out. Sen. Dan Clodfelter of Mecklenburg County says a tax plan has yet to be worked out.

The state is still operating on a temporary spending measure that expires July 15 because the final plan isn't finished.

The Legislature would have to extend that stopgap measure if no deal is reached before then.

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