The budget would cut more than $22 million intended for the light rail extension.
"The provisions are part of a $19.4 billion spending plan unveiled Tuesday by Senate Republican. The budget, expected to be approved by the Senate next week, must be reconciled with a House version before going to Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue.
Blocking state money for two toll road and bridge projects as well as Charlotte's rail transit is part of an effort to reserve more money for road maintenance and bridge repair, GOP leaders said."