Republicans Offer Higher Teacher Pay In New Budget Proposal

May 29, 2018

North Carolina State Legislative Building
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Republican state lawmakers have released their proposed adjustments to the current two-year North Carolina budget.

Among the adjustments, a 6.5 percent average teacher pay raise.  That’s slightly higher than what lawmakers had previously announced but less than what Governor Roy Cooper and Democrats have been pushing for.

The $24 billion plan also includes a 2 percent raise for most state workers, $161 million for the state’s rainy day fund and keeps previously announced initiatives to attract large companies to the state and to study little-known contaminants in rivers such as GenX.

The plan is likely to pass the General Assembly as is because legislative leaders have said they will refuse any amendments. Both chambers are expected to vote on the package this week, with debate beginning today.