RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina House Republicans are ready to debate portions of their state government spending proposal.

The House scheduled several appropriations subcommittee meetings Thursday to unveil how GOP budget-writers would like to use taxpayer money for the next two years. The price tag for the first year spending is expected to be $23 billion.

The full House budget — with salary increases and tax changes — won’t get released until after Memorial Day, with floor votes anticipated by the end of next week.

The GOP-controlled Senate two weeks ago passed its budget proposal, which included more income tax cuts.

The House and Senate ultimately will negotiate a final measure to present to Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper, who has criticized the Senate plan.


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