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RALEIGH — The elimination of 45 positions at the Department of Environmental Quality and a moratorium on wind-energy projects through 2020 are among items raising concerns among environmental groups following the release Tuesday of the Senate’s two-year budget blueprint.

The wind-energy moratorium could be a sticking point as the House and Senate begin negotiations on a final spending plan.

The $22.9 billion budget, which includes a raise for schoolteachers and state employees and a major reduction in corporate and personal income taxes, was released late Tuesday night and approved on second reading by the Senate Thursday in a 34-15 vote. A final vote came Friday, a little after 3 a.m., with the budget passing 32-15.

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