The budget passed the second of three votes Thursday night in the House of Representatives, 80-35. Pending the third vote, the bill would be sent to McCrory as the clock ticks toward a midnight Friday deadline.
McCrory on Thursday told the Associated Press and WRAL he will sign the budget — just days after he expressed reservations to the AP about changes to sales tax and other portions of the appropriations bill.
The 429-page budget — and supplementary 207-page money report — passed the Senate on Wednesday, 37-13, less than 24 hours after the budget’s details were finalized. Three Democratic state senators voted for the budget along with all the Republican senators.
A number of senators were upset at having so little time to review the final document before being forced to vote, especially when late changes directly impact their districts.