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NC lawmakers make pitch for Perdue to sign budget

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RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- The leaders of the North Carolina Legislature want Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue to sign their state budget adjustment plan into law soon so school districts, local governments and businesses have more certainty about planning for the coming year.

Republican Senate leader Phil Berger and House Speaker Thom Tillis told reporters Wednesday they're willing to work with Perdue but disagreed with her request that they set aside another $100 million, with most going to the public schools.

They don't like the idea of taking money from a rainy day reserve earmarked for Medicaid.

Perdue has until Sunday night to sign the $20 billion bill into law, veto it or let it become law without her signature. The new fiscal year also begins Sunday, but a two-year budget is already in place.

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