Gov. McCrory visits with Senate Republicans to discuss how to solve NC budget impasse


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RALEIGH, North Carolina — Gov. Pat McCrory has met with Senate Republicans to try to look at ways to narrow their differences over budget adjustments that were supposed to be in place three weeks ago.

McCrory's office and a top budget negotiator confirmed the governor visited the Senate Republican Caucus on Tuesday morning for about 90 minutes.

Sen. Harry Brown says McCrory and senators didn't have a breakthrough in the closed-door gathering. The Jacksonville Republican says the governor and lawmakers proposed potential compromises to end the delays preventing the budget's completion.

The governor and Senate Republicans don't see eye-to-eye on the size of teacher pay raises, the future of teacher assistants and Medicaid. McCrory prefers the House's ideas on these issues and previously threatened to veto any budget with the Senate's proposals inside.

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