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North Carolina's overdue state budget nears passage

A final House vote is set for Thursday.

RALEIGH, N.C. — The proposed $25.9 billion state budget is one vote away from passing the General Assembly, following votes in both the Senate and the House on Wednesday.

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The Senate voted 41-7 to give final approval to the plan, while the House voted 104-10 in a preliminary vote. A final House vote is set for Thursday.

Gov. Roy Cooper said Tuesday that he would sign the long-overdue budget, which he called "imperfect," saying it included much-needed spending on education and infrastructure.

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The budget gives teachers an average 5% raise over two years, plus a bonus of at least $2,300 in federal pandemic relief money. Those who make less than $75,000 will get an extra $500.

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