Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson asked lawmakers Monday to increase North Carolina's competitiveness in teacher pay and recruitment by exempting public school teachers from having to pay any personal state income taxes.
The House and Senate have both offered up tax and spending plans. Now leaders from the two chambers will negotiate over their differences largely behind closed doors.
The state budget is headed back to the Senate for negotiations after winning final House approval Thursday.
After more than seven hours of debate, the state House voted Wednesday night to tentatively approve its $20.6 billion budget proposal.
The House's budget plan survived 10 hours of debate in Appropriations Tuesday with few substantive changes. It's due on the House floor Wednesday at noon.