N.C. Legislators Reach Deal On New Year Spending

RALEIGH -- House and Senate Republicans at the North Carolina Legislature have reached a deal on a final spending plan for the coming fiscal year.

Representatives of House Speaker Thom Tillis and Senate leader Phil Berger announced Tuesday night the two chambers have agreed on a state budget proposal. The changes adjust the second year of a two-year budget approved in 2011.

Tillis and Berger's offices declined to provide details of the compromise, saying they would be released Wednesday. It's expected the House and Senate will vote on the final measure later in the week, before it goes to Democratic Gov. Beverly Perdue.

Perdue vetoed the budget last year but Republican lawmakers overrode her veto with help from Democrats.

The competing $20 billion-plus House and Senate budget plans were $127 million apart.

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