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Politics

Budget Talks On Deck At Legislature

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Coming off a week that included a gun bill, an energy bill, and a re-mapping session, this week is likely to be a bit quitter on Jones Street.

That could leave time to work on the budget.

Lawmakers have just a few more weeks before the end of the fiscal year, but the House and Senate still have some budget differences to work out.

The two chambers have spending proposals that differ by about $650 million.

The Senate plan calls for about three times as much in tax cuts as the House proposal. And they have to settle differences on how they're going to overhaul the system to pay school principals.

Republican leaders say they still plan to have a budget to the governor before the start of the new fiscal year in July. Meanwhile Gov. Roy Cooper will likely continue to pressure lawmakers to redraw the state's legislative districts struck down as unconstitutional.

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