House unveils North Carolina budget proposal

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North Carolina House Republicans are rolling out their proposed state government budget for the next two years.

GOP leaders announced Tuesday they want to spend almost $24 billion for the fiscal year starting July 1, which they say is about 3 percent higher than current-year spending. Not included in the number is hundreds of millions of dollars for state building repairs and construction.

There will be state employee and teacher pay increases, with details released later Tuesday. There would be $30 million for local school districts to spend on school safety and student mental health grants.

Republicans are proposing a small personal income tax cut and some business tax reductions. Registration fees on plug-in hybrid and electric cars would increase.

House Republicans want to approve their full proposal by Friday.

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