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Even with consensus talk, gap remains for North Carolina virus aid bills

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Posted at 5:59 AM, Apr 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-30 06:09:26-04

RALEIGH, N.C. - Differences between House and Senate funding priorities are becoming clearer as North Carolina legislators advanced competing COVID-19 emergency packages.

Bills working their way to the General Assembly on Wednesday showed the House wants to distribute or designate roughly $375 million more in federal dollars compared to the Senate.

Senate leaders are taking a guarded approach to earmarking the funds given the state's fragile budget picture.

But senators did agree to add another $130 million at the request of Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper before approving their package unanimously.

Legislators still hope to get a final measure to Cooper's desk by the end of the week.

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