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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — The two major candidates for North Carolina governor say they won’t use reserves the Legislature set aside for additional expenses associated with a new administration if elected in November.

Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton and Pat McCrory told WRAL-TV they wouldn’t use funds beyond the $420,000 set aside for inauguration and transition activities for the next governor and new Council of State members. It’s the same amount funded for the transition four years ago when Bev Perdue became governor.

The Legislature set aside another $330,000 in this year’s budget for temporary staff and other activities.

Dalton said he thinks the Republican-led Legislature created the reserve in anticipation of a McCrory victory. Senate budget-writer Richard Stevens said there was nothing political about it.

McCrory said he did not ask for the funding increase.

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