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Monday Wrap: Get the governor's pen ready

Posted February 20

— Almost four weeks into the legislative session, the General Assembly has passed its first bill.

After much debate Monday night, the Senate gave final approval to a measure the would reduce the size of the University of North Carolina system's Board of Governors from 32 to 24 people. The House passed the bill last week, which means it now heads to Gov. Roy Cooper for his signature or a veto.

Cooper was in Charlotte Monday, where he announced that he plans to include 5 percent raises for teachers in each of the next two years in his budget proposal as part of a plan to increase North Carolina's average teacher salary to the national average in five years. He didn't provide details of how he plans to pay for the raises, except to say he doesn't plan to increase taxes.

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