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House, McCrory react to Senate's proposed NC budget

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McCrory’s proposed budget included a 3.8 percent pay raise for teachers and raised the starting salary for a teacher in North Carolina to $35,000. McCrory’s proposed budget included a 3.8 percent pay raise for teachers and raised the starting salary for a teacher in North Carolina to $35,000.
RALEIGH, N.C. -

House lawmakers are getting their first crack at reviewing the North Carolina budget proposed by Senate Republicans.

Gov. Pat McCrory weighed in on the proposed budget Tuesday morning as he presided over a meeting of the Council of State. He brought up his concerns and pointed out the differences with the budget he proposed.

The Senate's version of the budget includes an 11 percent raise for North Carolina teachers. Those raises will average out to around $5,800 a year.

McCrory's proposed budget included a 3.8 percent pay raise for teachers and raised the starting salary for a teacher in North Carolina to $35,000.

The Senate version requires teachers to give up tenure to qualify for the big raise while McCrory's does not.

Another difference between the Senate and McCrory's budget comes with teacher assistants. The Senate version cuts about half of North Carolina teacher assistants while McCrory's does not propose any cuts.

"It's my job to make sure that the budget is sustainable, that it's affordable, that it continues to provide good quality service," McCrory said. "And that it doesn't harm the health and safety and education of our citizens and I'm going to fight for my budget."

Rep. Rick Glazier (D-Cumberland) said it was the worst budget proposal he has seen since taking public office.

"I think it was a cynical, ideological budget," Glazier said.

Senate leadership maintains their budget gives teachers the largest pay raise in state history.

The budget currently being addressed in House committees.

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