House OKs budget

RALEIGH (WECT) — The North Carolina House has completed work on its budget adjustments for next year by approving the plan again by a wide margin.

The chamber voted 103-12 on Thursday in favor of the proposal, which alters the second year of the two-year state government spending plan already in place. The $22.2 billion plan was given tentative approval Wednesday by an identical vote.

The measure next goes to the Senate, where Republicans will have their own ideas, particularly on taxes and employee pay.

The House plan raises teacher salaries by 4.1 percent on average and gives most state workers at 2 percent pay increase. Standard deductions for income taxes also are raised over a four-year period.

House and Senate negotiators want to get a final plan to Gov. Pat McCrory’s desk before July 1.

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