Leaders say the loss of $1.75 million from a total ALE budget of $8 million will almost certainly mean reduced inspections of those who sell tobacco, lottery tickets and booze and fewer investigations of suspected gambling operations and other crimes.
University of North Carolina officials bit their tongues Wednesday when asked about the $20.6 billion state budget approved by lawmakers.
Lawmakers have sent a $20.6 billion spending plan to the governor after lengthy debates over its impact on education.
Three old-guard conservatives and a handful newer members broke ranks with their party's leadership and voted against the budget deal.
State lawmakers have given tentative approval to the final version of the state's $20.6 billion spending plan.