North Carolina budget compromise gets final Senate approval
RALEIGH, NC (AP) — The North Carolina state budget deal negotiated by Republicans got some Democratic votes before it left the Senate.
The Senate gave its final approval Wednesday to the two-year spending plan by a vote of 37-13.
Tuesday’s preliminary vote fell strictly along party lines, but three Democrats – Sens. Ben Clark of Raeford, Jane Smith of Lumberton and Erica Smith-Ingram of Northampton County – switched their “no” votes to yes.
None of them spoke during Wednesday’s brief debate, although Smith-Ingram said on the floor Tuesday that while there were many things she liked in the budget, she hadn’t had time to read it completely.
The House still must vote for the bill before it can go to Gov. Pat McCrory. The House is expected to vote Thursday evening and early Friday.
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