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North Carolina Senate Begins Week Of State Gov’t Budget Debate

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Senate Republicans are ready to talk about their North Carolina state government spending proposal for the next two years.

The GOP budget-writers scheduled a news conference Monday to discuss the plan that would spend $20.6 billion for the year starting July 1 — about the same Gov. Pat McCrory wants. Budget committees will discuss the plan later in the day on the way to the first recorded floor vote Wednesday.

The spending plan contains measures from Senate leader Phil Berger that would eliminate teacher tenure and start a merit-pay system in the fall of 2014. But there’s no pay increase this coming year for state employees and teachers.

The budget also would raise Medicaid spending by well over $300 million next year compared to this year.

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