North Carolina Lawmakers Delayed In Reviewing State Budget

North Carolina legislators can expect a run-down of the two-year state budget hashed out after weeks of negotiations but may have to wait longer for their own copies

Legislative budget-writers on Monday met to review details of the month-late budget bill. Negotiators were making sure the language matches the details they agreed to on Friday.

A late wrinkle included discovery that public universities planned to make scholarships to needy students that were $12 million more than the General Assembly planned to spend. Negotiators said the extra money would have to come from shaving the margin for error on the $19 billion budget to just about $10 million.

The House and Senate plan votes on the budget package Tuesday
and Wednesday.

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