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Thursday Wrap: Budget dark matter

Posted May 14, 2015

— The House unveiled pieces of its budget proposal on Thursday, but some major details remain hidden, such as the overall size of the spending plan, whether teachers and state employees get raises and what tax changes might be in the offing.

The portions that were discussed by some appropriations subcommittees showed targeted growth, such as more funding for textbooks in schools and mental health programs both in and out of prisons. Lawmakers also are looking to provide budget increases for the state court system, crime lab and medical examiner system.

Meanwhile, the state Department of Environment and Natural Resources would see cuts to programs and positions in the plan.

The proposal supports some of Gov. Pat McCrory's priorities, such as a new Department of Veteran and Military Affairs, while ignoring others, such as his recommended transfer of state parks, aquariums and the zoo from DENR to the Department of Cultural Resources.

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