Democratic governors and senators yesterday pushed for the Senate to add an amendment to a tax-extenders bill that would provide federal funds to states to help them through their budget crises, with members expected to begin voting on the bill today.

“Without that money, North Carolina will go in, as I’m doing right now, and figure out whatever else it is we have to cut,” Gov. Beverly Perdue said during a conference call. “If we don’t have the federal help with our Medicaid bills, then obviously we have to cut [other spending] and find solutions to our budget problem.”

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