Legislators spent last week deep in numbers as the Senate Republicans released their budget proposal, which the full Senate approved on Friday. The measure now heads to the state House, where significant revisions are expected. The two chambers will then create a compromise budget sometime this summer that will go to Gov. Roy Cooper.
In March, Gov. Cooper presented his own budget proposal, which he then followed up with his vision for using federal stimulus money.
Here is a look at how the two proposals compare in some key areas:
Logan Harris at the Budget & Tax Center provided the analysis of early childhood spending. The Budget & Tax Center is part of the NC Justice Center.