Legislative leaders: North Carolina budget deal within reach

Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Top General Assembly leaders say they’re very close to a final North Carolina budget deal that would end a stalemate that began in June.

House Speaker Tim Moore says he hoped the remaining issues would be resolved with Senate leader Phil Berger sometime Thursday. Chief Senate budget-writer Harry Brown says it might spill over into Friday.

It would still be next week before the two chambers release budget documents and actually hold their two required votes needed before the legislation goes to Gov. Pat McCrory.

Moore and Brown said there was agreement in the budget to fund driver’s education for teenagers in the public schools this year. They say there also are essentially agreements on how to move forward on overhauling Medicaid and on a bond package.

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