NC Senate passes budget, sends it to House

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The North Carolina Senate passed a budget Thursday morning and the budget will now go on to the House.

The budget passed 32-15.

Differences between competing North Carolina state budgets at the General Assembly are more apparent as the Senate will soon complete work on its spending plan.

Senators gave initial approval Wednesday following five hours of debate and votes on more than 20 amendments.

The bill now returns to the House, which passed a very different version last month that spends almost $700 million more than the Senate does next year. But the Senate plan offers many more policy changes. The two chambers will have to work out their differences.

Gov. Pat McCrory presented his own budget ideas in March and will be asked to sign any bill into law.

This report includes information from The Associated Press.

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