NC Senate considers budget written by Republican leaders

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A Senate budget that narrowly increases North Carolina government spending but is stacked with policy changes is going to the chamber floor.

The two-year spending plan rolled out by Senate Republicans this week was slated Wednesday for the first of two required votes by the entire Senate. Lawmakers expected robust debate.

The $21.5 billion budget would spend increase by less than 2 percent next year compared to this year’s approved spending plan.

The measure contains big alterations to how Medicaid is governed and paid for. Regulations on where hospitals and medical centers can build would be phased out. Lottery advertising spending would increase and sales tax distributions would change to benefit smaller counties.

The House passed its own plan last month. The two chambers will have to work out differences.

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