NC lawmakers, McCrory agree on spending $21.7B this year

Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — A spending agreement between Republican Gov. Pat McCrory and the legislature’s GOP leaders brings the state closer to having a budget.

McCrory announced Tuesday he and legislative leaders agree the state’s budget should spend more than $21.7 billion this fiscal year. The offices of Senate leader Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore confirmed the amount.

The number is closer to the spending level sought by Senate leaders and McCrory. The House budget envisioned spending $22.2 billion.

The announcement means budget subcommittees for government spending categories can work in earnest on their differences.

The two-year budget was supposed to be done by July 1. The legislature has approved two temporary spending measures since then. The second one expires Aug. 31.

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