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$21 billion budget passed by NC House

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RALEIGH, N.C. - State lawmakers just passed the $21 billion state House budget.

Some of the highlights, a five-percent pay raise, on average, for teachers. The measure passed 77-to-35.
     
It would also set aside $117 million for a reserve fund for Medicaid and move the SBI away from the control of the attorney general to the Department of Public Safety.
     
The budget passed quickly Friday morning, despite criticism Thursday about using increased lottery funds to pay for teacher raises.

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“If we thought the lottery was a bad idea using one percent of the proceeds to advertise it, it's a twice as bad idea to use two percent of the proceeds of the lottery to try to sucker even more folks who can't afford it to buy lottery tickets,” said Rep. Grier Martin, (D) Wake County.

“This is a very good budget,” said Rep. Tim Moore, (R) Cleveland County. “It funds the priorities. It also carries on our promise to the taxpayers to reduce taxes this year. We have restored a lot of the cuts that were made in the other budget.”

The House and Senate now have to negotiate on a compromise bill, before it heads to the  governor's desk.

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