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A measure to impose tougher regulations on coal ash disposal, one of the top Republican legislative priorities this session, hit a wall in the early morning hours Friday when House and Senate leaders couldn’t agree on a compromise bill.

A late-night deal and early morning Senate vote advanced a measure to give four large North Carolina counties the ability to levy a local sales tax as high as 2.75 percent – with a major caveat.

The price tag on the teacher raise in the NC General Assembly budget is $282 million. It comes from cuts to health and welfare programs and other state spending, covering ongoing expenses on a short-term basis with one-time funding, and shifting teachers’ longevity pay into their salary schedule.

Here’s an overview of the $21.25billion state spending plan.

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