If you’re trying to get up to speed on this week’s colorful and cantankerous state budget negotiations, here are three quick takeaways:
- Governor Pat McCrory is ‘disappointed’  with the Senate after Tuesday’s walkout, and McCrory thinks the Senate’s 11% pay raise for teachers is ‘not realistic ‘
- House members are willing to give up on expanding lottery advertising  (You may recall the lottery was at one time their leading proposal  to fund teacher raises)
- The House’s Senior Budget Chairman champions the state Medicaid program that the Senate wants to cut. Click below to hear Rep. Nelson Dollar (R-Wake) extol the importance of North Carolina’s Medicaid program Wednesday in response to Sen. Neal Hunt’s  comments about the rise in ‘welfare’ spending.
Is this an election year conversion? Rob Schofield answered that very question in today’s Setting the Record Straight column: Lawmakers try to have it both ways .
Budget conferees are expected to meet again today, though an exact time has not been announced. The NC House goes into session at 11:00 a.m., the Senate at 2:00 p.m.