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Deadline looming for state budget approval

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RALEIGH -- The deadline is looming for state lawmakers to approve a final budget for next year. The $20 billion State budget proposal could bring about several changes. The temporary quarter cent sales tax increase will likely become permanent. State leaders also want to take the Medicaid burden off of county governments. To pay for that, the state would take county revenue. In exchange county governments could get the authority to generate money through their own sales tax increase. It's one option that's been generating plenty of opinions. Glen Adkins is a consumer. He said, "I just think the way everything costs, and people living paycheck to paycheck is just becoming too much." Another revenue-boosting option lawmakers are considering is the highly-controversial land transfer tax. County governments would collect a one percent tax every time a home sells. County leaders say it would provide a much-needed revenue boost to fund the sewer repair project. Lawmakers are expected to take the first of two votes on the budget Saturday. The final vote is expected Monday.

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