Ain’t no party like a budget party because a budget party don’t stop (for months)

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It’s Friday, which is extra great this week, because I’ve thought it was Friday for the last three days.

This week marked the official start of budget week in North Carolina’s legislature. It’s my first time navigating that process here, so I’ve been learning a lot.

Here’s what went down:

Also in the budget: A provision that would hold law enforcement officers accountable for misconduct and use of force. A big change for one of the state’s largest agencies. Money for the North Carolina Zoo, along with East Carolina University’s Brody School of Medicine.



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— Lucille Sherman, state government reporter for The News & Observer. Email me at

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