NC House off next week, will keep negotiating

Jun. 27, 2013 @ 03:40 PM

The North Carolina House and Senate are going separate ways next week but want tax and budget talks to continue.

House Speaker Thom Tillis told colleagues Thursday the chamber wouldn't do any formal work during the July 4 week and would hold no recorded votes. But a key lieutenant for Tillis says negotiators for a tax overhaul and budget compromise will be in Raleigh to keep working with the Senate, which plans to keep its normal work schedule through Wednesday.

Senate Republicans aren't happy with the pace of negotiations. Senate Rules Chairman Tom Apodaca removed all of the bills on Thursday's floor agenda that originated in the House and didn't say when they'd return. Apodaca called his decision an "incentive" to get House members to work out agreements.