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After two and a half months of delays, the N.C. General Assembly passed the state budget for 2015-17 in mid-September.
The $21.7 billion budget, originally due July 1, was signed by Gov. Pat McCrory Sept. 18.
“We’ve dealt with a lot of those tough issues in the budget, so it’s taken awhile,” Speaker of the House Tim Moore, R-Cleveland, said in a press conference in September. “But I believe we’ve got a very good work product at the end that our colleagues will support and will benefit the citizens of this state.”
The budget received support by the Republican majorities in both chambers of the General Assembly, with some Democrats opposed.