Senate ready to vote on North Carolina budget proposal

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The full Senate is ready to vote on a North Carolina budget proposal for the next two years.
    
The budget was written by Republicans on the mantra of higher state employee pay, lower taxes and saving for a rainy day. The first of two required votes was expected Thursday following floor debate on the plan, which would spend $24 billion next year. Republicans control the chamber, and history has shown they turn back most Democratic amendments.
    
GOP senators are highlighting 5% pay raises for state workers and setting aside $1.1 billion in reserves. Corporate franchise tax rates would drop, and individual income tax standard deductions would increase. Consumers who buy online and owners of plug-in cars could feel more of a financial pinch.
    
House Republicans already approved their version of the budget.

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