A little longer for final NC budget to go public

RALEIGH (AP) - - An anticipated North Carolina state budget compromise needs a little more work before it's ready for prime time.

House Speaker Tim Moore and some of his top lieutenants met Friday with Senate leader Phil Berger and his aides in Berger's office. Berger spokeswoman Amy Auth said later she's hopeful a final budget agreement would be announced Monday.

Republican lawmakers in charge of both chambers have said a two-year spending agreement is close to completion. Taxes have been a significant hang-up in negotiations. The Senate budget proposal scheduled $1 billion in tax breaks by mid-2019 compared to $350 million in the House plan.

The House and Senate must vote on the plan before sending it to Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper, who has been critical of GOP's budget bills.

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