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NC budget unlikely to pass before fiscal year's start

RALEIGH -- Top legislative leaders say it's unlikely the budget for North Carolina state government will pass before the new fiscal year begins Tuesday. Senate Majority Leader Tony Rand said Thursday he hopes a final deal can be worked out over the weekend and be voted on early next week. He said he's aiming to get the bill passed by July 4. House Speaker Joe Hackney said finishing before Tuesday also looks improbable. But he said lawmakers on both sides seem to be "over-negotiating" and their differences aren't that vast. There's not as much urgency to get the bill to Gov. Mike Easley's desk before the new year. The Legislature approved a two-year budget last year, so government will continue to operate without a new deal. (Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Once again, the folks in

Once again, the folks in Raleigh cannot decide where they want to make a stand on a budget. They are not only hurting the state but they are also hurting state employees who need to know if they will be getting a raies that will mean something when it comes to the paycheck. The amounts offered are way too low and many state employees are looking elsewhere for employment With today's hard economic market it may be just a matter of time before we all are looking to stand in a bread line somewhere. Our State budget is being pilfered by the outgoing Governor who decided to spend $170000 or state dollars for a "recruiting" trip. Then where are the companies and when are they coming? Enough is enough.

Recruiting trip

His recruiting trip sounded more like a taxpayer funded vacation for him, his wife and the staff he took.