Friday, October 24, 2014

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NC House members start discussing budget publicly


RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina House has completed the first round of debate on its state government budget proposal for the next two years.

Several subcommittees debated and voted on their proposals Friday that would make changes to the Senate proposal approved two weeks ago. The House also considered Gov. Pat McCrory's budget request before making their decisions.

The subcommittees debated provisions that would reduce money for teacher assistants in early grades by less than what the Senate wanted. The education budget also includes previous legislation to spend $12 million next year so children from low-income families can attend private or religious schools. It also includes $12 million to improve safety in schools.

House Republicans want to pass their full budget next week. The two chambers then will work out their differences.