Raleigh, N.C. — The House approved its $20.6 billion budget proposal, and the Senate passed its tax reform plan on the same day.
Both measures are likely headed to conference committees to hammer out differences in philosophy and priorities between the House and Senate.
The tax reform effort has already produced one casualty. Sen. Bob Rucho, R-Mecklenburg, resigned his position as co-chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, saying Senate leaders caved to special interests in pushing a reform plan less sweeping that one he authored.
The Senate also gave final approval to a bill expanding gun rights and to legislation overhauling the way road projects are funded.