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Sen. Thom Tillis spoke during debate on the budget agreement Thursday.
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Members of Congress from the Carolinas were divided, mostly along party lines, when they voted early Friday on a 2-year federal budget agreement. The bill was signed into law by President Trump.  

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Republican legislators on Wednesday completed their override of Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper's budget veto, enacting the spending plan over Cooper's objections that it's shortsighted, fiscally irresponsible and in some places unconstitutional.

The General Assembly's new state budget just landed on Governor Cooper's desk, with a resounding thud.

The plan received final approval Thursday.

Now, the governor has 10 days to sign the budget, veto it, or do nothing and have it take affect when that time runs out.

The North Carolina man who fired an assault rifle inside a District of Columbia pizzeria has been sentenced to 4 year in prison. Meanwhile, North Carolina Senate Leader Phil Berger says legislators "will quickly override" Gov. Roy Cooper should he choose to veto the Republican-backed budget. And, Duke Energy is moving forward with its request to raise rates by 15 percent for 1.3 million North Carolina customers.

Democrat Roy Cooper was sworn in as governor on January 1. The one constant over that time has been a series of clashes with the Republican controlled General Assembly.

The latest was kicked off by the U.S. Supreme Court, which recently ruled 28 state legislative districts are illegal racial gerrymanders. Those boundaries must be redrawn.

But when is still an open question. The high court left it to a lower federal court to decide that issue.

On Wednesday, Governor Cooper gave an exclusive interview to WFAE. He spoke with our Political Reporter Tom Bullock.

Thursday was a busy day for members of the North Carolina House. All eight appropriations subcommittees voted to approve their respective parts of the chamber's proposed state budget.

Normally, at a time like this, we can tell you everything included in that budget. Not so today. Morning Edition Host Marshall Terry asks WFAE's Tom Bullock to explain all this.

The National Weather Service has confirmed at least two tornadoes Wednesday in North Carolina. The first touched down at 4:20 p.m. just southwest of Monroe in Union County, tracking northeast for 7.7 miles. With average wind speeds of 100 mph, the tornado downed trees and tore the roof and sides off a barn. Few other structures were damaged.

Chris Sgro, executive director of Equality NC and one of North Carolina's loudest opponents of House Bill 2, is leaving his organization later this month.

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It's tax time in Raleigh. No, the General Assembly has not moved up your filing deadline, you've still got until April 15 to get your taxes done.

But this week Republican leaders in the North Carolina House and Senate did unveil their tax plans for this legislative session. Reporter Tom Bullock and Morning Edition host Marshall Terry discuss.

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For the first time, Governor Roy Cooper has laid out his priorities in an official budget proposal for the state. Overall he calls for increased spending, but there is notable exception. He wants to phase out North Carolina’s private school voucher program. 

North Carolina is one of just four states expecting to see a budget surplus this year. And it is a significant figure. The non-partisan state Fiscal Research Division projects 552 million extra dollars will flow into North Carolina’s coffers.

The budget debates are still months away. But one proposal for some of that extra money is up for a vote next week.

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There is a lot going on at the General Assembly today (Tuesday, June 28th).

Here’s what we can confirm, the North Carolina House and Senate have reached a deal on the state budget.

Here’s what we cannot confirm, reports of possible changes to House Bill 2.

WFAE’s Tom Bullock joins All Things Considered Host Mark Rumsey to talk about the latest news from the North Carolina General Assembly as it works to wrap up this year's legislative session.

This week is a big week for the North Carolina General Assembly. The state’s fiscal year ends on Friday. But the budget still needs to be passed and lawmakers aren’t just working on that. The Senate today is expected to vote on a trio of amendments to the North Carolina constitution.  

WFAE’s Tom Bullock talks with Morning Edition Host Marshall Terry.

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Budgets are supposed to be focused on taxes and spending. But the North Carolina Senate has a reputation for sliding major policy changes into its spending plan. This year is no exception. It contains a plan for a major overhaul to a key water quality regulation. 

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The North Carolina Senate has big plans for teacher pay. Today Senate Leader Phil Berger laid out an ambitious proposal which would far exceed the roughly 4 percent in raises the House passed last week. But there’s a big question left unanswered.

When it comes to teacher pay, the North Carolina House budget falls short for Governor Pat McCrory.

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