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Jobs, Education, Regulatory Changes Continue To Be Legislative Priorities

The legislature was back in session Wednesday.  As expected, Tim Moore of Kings Mountain was elected House Speaker and Phil Berger of Eden Senate President Pro-Tem. 

The two outlined their priorities at a press conference. Berger said the legislature intends to build on issues the Republican legislature has tackled over the past four years. 

"Education is one of them. So that’s one thing we’re going to talk about. Regulatory environment is another. We’re going to be talking about that," said Berger. "A lot of these issues recur and a lot of these issues are things that unfortunately may not be so sexy. But it’s something that needs to be done." 

As far as education, Berger said that includes making good on the general assembly’s promise to raise beginning teacher pay to $35,000 and start to look at ways to reward teachers for growth in student test scores.

The legislature passed a bill last year that loosened regulations for businesses including making it easier for developers to build along the coast.