NC Senate leaders hint at budget details

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Associated Press

Posted on July 29, 2014 at 6:35 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 29 at 7:34 AM

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Senate leaders say they hope to have a final budget to vote on this week.

Senate Leader Phil Berger said Monday both chambers are working together to finalize the budget and says he hopes the Senate will have a draft to consider by Thursday.

Berger said the budget does include some reforms to how teachers are paid. The Senate and the House have agreed to a compromise pay raise for teachers. The budget also uses $25 million in non-recurring money from the lottery to preserve teacher assistant positions, which was a major priority of the previous House budget.

Berger said the budget does not include Medicaid reform. The Senate approved the Medicaid reform in a separate bill last week and took a final vote on it Monday.

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