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State Senate Budget Proposal Highlights Teacher Pay Raises

State Senate chamber
Dave DeWitt
North Carolina State Senate Chamber

The state Senate is debating its biannual spending plan this week.

Top Republicans are highlighting a modest increase in overall state spending. They’re also highlighting an average teacher pay raise of 13.5 percent, although details are still scarce on how the plan will provide for the increases.

In a press conference with reporters Tuesday, Senate Leader Phil Berger said the budget proposal would not represent significant cuts in other areas.

“Basically, it’s coming from tax receipts, and it’s coming from the fact that with the budgeting that we’ve done over the past five years, with what we’ve seen as far as the revenue coming into state coffers, I mean, it’s fully-funded with recurring revenue,” Berger said.

Last month, legislators in the state House approved their version of the budget bill. The Senate is expected to finalize its spending plan by Friday. Leading members from both chambers will then work on a compromise deal.

A final agreement is expected to be sent to Gov. Pat McCrory by July 1.

Jorge Valencia has been with North Carolina Public Radio since 2012. A native of Bogotá, Colombia, Jorge studied journalism at the University of Maryland and reported for four years for the Roanoke Times in Virginia before joining the station. His reporting has also been published in the Wall Street Journal, the Miami Herald, and the Baltimore Sun.
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