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As Stalemate Goes On, NC Republicans Keep To Mini-Budget Tactic

The North Carolina legislative building is seen in Raleigh.

RALEIGH — North Carolina Republican legislators are continuing to advance chunks of a spending plan vetoed by Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper that they believe can win bipartisan support.

The House and Senate appropriations committees planned meetings on Tuesday to discuss "mini-budget" legislation.

The legislation addresses school and prison safety and earmarks more disaster relief funds and funding to test old sexual assault evidence kits held by law enforcement. All were contained in the budget that's been sidelined during the impasse.

Cooper last month signed four state employee and law enforcement pay measures approved unanimously by the GOP-controlled General Assembly. But he vetoed another one addressing the state's long-planned shift to managed care for Medicaid. He wants to expand Medicaid to more low-income adults.