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House Democrats say Republican counterparts are denying them a full-time employee to manage their legislative operations although similar workers have been funded for the minority party in the past.
North Carolina budget talks remain slow as House Republicans held a meeting with empty seats and Gov. Pat McCrory tried to keep pressure upon senators to ease back on their teacher pay proposal.
Some Republican legislators are sticking around Raleigh a little longer this week to try to begin formal work on the North Carolina state budget and to hammer out a tax overhaul plan. House and Senate leaders both said they planned to keep meeting Friday even as rank-and-file members left Thursday.