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House, Senate Approve Budget

Posted July 17, 2004 10:24 a.m. EDT

— Legislators are moving toward adjournment Saturday night after passing the budget.

Legislators were not likely to adjourn until after midnight due to voting requirements for a pair of local tax bills and other potential delays.

The House voted 90-17 for the final version of the $15.9 billion spending proposal to run state government through next June. The plan adjusts the second-year of the two-year budget approved by the Legislature in 2003.

The Senate approved the budget by a 21-17 count.

The budget goes to Gov. Easley for his signature to become law.

With little debate, the House and Senate also gave their final approval to a debt package that would issue up to $310 million in debt this year. Most of the proceeds will fund projects at 12 of the 16 University of North Carolina system campuses.

Another $158 million in debt would be issued after next July.

The House gave final approval to create a recreational saltwater fishing license in North Carolina, which had been the only state on the Southeast coast without a permit.