Republican leaders aim for state budget votes next week

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RALEIGH - Republicans on both ends of the Legislative Building are optimistic that a final North Carolina state budget is just around the corner.

Senate chief budget-writer Harry Brown of Jacksonville said Tuesday that talks with House counterparts are going so well that votes on the negotiated two-year spending plan are expected early next week. Brown's comments match what House Speaker Tim Moore of Kings Mountain told colleagues late Monday. Any final plan would need two affirmative votes by both chambers before it goes to Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper, who has been critical of the competing Senate and House plans. Cooper could veto the final measure, but Republicans have large enough majorities to override a veto if they remain unified. Brown says details on the final budget could be made public Friday.

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