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NC General Assembly convenes for budget meetings

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RALEIGH, N.C. -

North Carolina's Legislature opens for its annual work session, with Republican lawmakers focused on increasing teacher pay, closing a Medicaid spending shortfall and cleaning up coal ash ponds following the Dan River spill.

The House and Senate are scheduled to open floor meetings for the new session at noon Wednesday. The key task of lawmakers during this session is to adjust the second year of the two-year budget approved last summer.

Several liberal groups opposed to Republican policies plan to protest throughout opening day. The NAACP will announce plans to resurrect the Moral Monday protests and the North Carolina Association of Educators will petition Republican leaders. Like last year, Action NC, a liberal social justice group, plans to protest by banging on pots with spoons.

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