An Oct. 31 deadline looms as North Carolina legislators continue to struggle to find common ground on a state budget proposal.
The main sticking point keeping Republicans and Democrats from finding an agreement is Medicaid expansion. A deal that did not include expanding Medicaid in the state arrived on Gov. Roy Cooper's desk in June, but Cooper vetoed that budget, insisting the plan include expanding Medicaid for mostly low-income residents, as well as bigger increases in teacher pay.
With less than three weeks until the state Senate adjourns, Republican leader Phil Berger is considering alternatives for passing a budget before legislators head home. Berger has discussed gathering the necessary votes to override Cooper's budget and has mentioned the possibility of a side deal with Senate Democrats.
There's no clarity on what a side deal with Democrats would look like, or whether Cooper would approve a compromise.