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Gov. Mike Easley's proposed 2008-09 budget is $21.5 billion.
It includes a 4.2 percent increase in spending, funded in part by an increase in the beer tax of 4 cents per can, an increase in the wine tax of 4 cents per liter, an increase in the liquor tax of 4 percent.
The budget would also increase the tax on cigarettes from 35 to 55 cents per pack.
Presented on May 12, it was Easley's final budget as governor. He is barred from seeking a third term.