RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- House and Senate Republicans are trying to make quick work of a compromise spending plan to run North Carolina state government next year.

Budget negotiators from both chambers began meeting Friday to discuss their competing proposals. They would like to have a deal by this weekend, although the two sides have significant differences on public schools and Medicaid.

Negotiations began a day after senators approved their $20 billion budget and the House formally rejected it. The House approved its proposal two weeks ago. A final plan would be sent to Democratic Gov. Beverly Perdue, who vetoed the budget last year. The veto was overturned.

Key House and Senate negotiators say they're keeping an eye on an increase in Medicaid provider claims and whether it could require more state spending.

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