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Early morning Senate budget changes head to House, further controversy

In the wake of the final Senate budget vote at after 3 a.m. on Friday even many Senators weren’t sure about the contents of the hastily-passed, heavily amended budget they sent to the N.C. House.

But some of those highly partisan changes – included stripping education funding from some Democratic senators’ districts, cutting arts and redevelopment funding, defunding anti-food desert initiatives and eliminating a federal legislative coordinator from the governor’s staff – will likely become sticking points between the chambers in the final budget negotiations.

In a Saturday e-mail, Gov. Cooper’s spokesman Ford Porter was blunt.

“Middle of the night budget games are rarely good for North Carolina families,” Porter said.“In this case, Senate Republicans chose to cut funding for science and math class, access to fruit and vegetables in rural communities, and staff to work with the federal government to, among other things, bring hurricane recovery funds back to North Carolina. These are the wrong priorities.”

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