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The North Carolina Senate and House remain far apart on the next spending plan with less than a week before the current budget runs out. The two sides have been working on a stopgap to keep the government running, but they weren’t able to compromise there Thursday, either.


North Carolina General Assembly

The leader of the North Carolina Senate will not push legislation to remove the Confederate flag as an option on some state license plates, as Governor Pat McCrory has called for.


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Wednesday, the North Carolina Senate tentative approved its $21.5 billion state budget. The final vote will take place Thursday.

The budget vote was largely party line, but there was a surprise. A key Republican budget writer voted against the plan.

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State Senator Fletcher Hartsell may face criminal charges if the State Board of Elections has its way. It found between $100,000 and $300,000 in political contributions were used to finance Hartsell’s personal spending. On Wednesday, the board unanimously referred the case to state and federal prosecutors.

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On Wednesday, a controversial gun bill is scheduled for its final vote in the North Carolina House. It passed its second reading Tuesday but only after significant changes.          

After a long and heated debate the House voted to strip the bill of its most controversial provision, allowing the private sale of handguns without a background check by local sheriffs. Gone, too, is a provision that allowed concealed handguns in the halls of the General Assembly.

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The North Carolina Senate and House are both dominated by Republicans. But they’re Republicans with big ideological differences in regards to tax incentives, spending, and Medicaid to name a few. As in past years, their education budgets also layout different priorities.      

WFAE’s Lisa Worf joins Morning Edition host Marshall Terry to look at what those priorities are.

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North Carolina Senate leaders are gearing up for another budget battle with their counterparts in the state House and Governor Pat McCrory, even before releasing an actual budget document.


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Monday should be fun for fans of politics and numbers. North Carolina's Senate is due to release its budget. It will be the second piece of major economic legislation the body has proposed in less than a week. Morning Edition Host Marshall Terry and WFAE's Tom Bullock discuss what we can expect in the budget and how Governor Pat McCrory is reacting to proposed changes in how sales tax is distributed in the state.


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The North Carolina Senate’s economic development proposal lays out some changes for non-profits when it comes to contributions and collecting sales tax refunds. Many non-profits say they’re not good ones.   

The Senate plan sets some limits. It would include charitable contributions as part of a $20,000 cap on all itemized deductions. 

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Magistrates in North Carolina can now refuse to perform same-sex marriages on religious grounds. This after the House voted Thursday to override Governor McCrory's veto of the legislation.

WFAE’s Tom Bullock reports on the vote in the House and reaction to North Carolina’s new law.


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