Submitted by Cacky Catlett on Tue, 05/03/2011 - 8:27pm.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- The House has tentatively agreed to a $19 billion plus budget bill for next year, penned by Republicans, that would let expire a pair of temporary tax increases and received some Democratic support. The chamber voted 72-47 on Tuesday night in favor of the measure following nearly 10 hours of debate. The vote is significant because the margin would be enough to withstand a potential veto by Democratic Gov. Beverly Perdue. Other Democrats complained the bill would eliminate more than 20,000 positions. Republican Speaker Thom Tillis said that number is exaggerated. The vote came a few minutes after some people in the gallery were removed by police after starting a chant. Three people detained by police were identified as high school and college students. A final House vote is expected Wednesday. (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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