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NC lawmakers try to push budget, tax talks ahead

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Some Republican legislators are sticking around Raleigh a little longer this week to try to begin formal work on the North Carolina state budget and to hammer out a tax overhaul plan.

House and Senate leaders both said they planned to keep meeting Friday even as rank-and-file members left Thursday.

A two-year spending plan was supposed to be completed by July 1. Budget negotiators got delayed because they waited for a tax deal to settle how much money they had to spend. House budget co-chairman Nelson Dollar of Cary says negotiators feel tax talks are far enough along to move ahead with spending negotiations.

Senate Rules Committee Chairman Tom Apodaca of Hendersonville told colleagues he hoped everything would fall into place so this year's session could end by next weekend.

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