Raleigh, N.C. — Ladies and gentlemen, we have a budget deal.
House and Senate leaders announced a compromise on a $22.34 billion state budget Monday evening, with votes in both chambers later this week. The plan would raise the average teacher salary by 4.7 percent, while other state workers would get a 1.5 percent raise and a 0.5 percent bonus and state retirees would get a 1.6 percent bonus.
Meanwhile, the Senate gave initial approval to proposed constitutional amendments that would cap the state income tax rate, limit eminent domain and affirm the right to fish and hunt in North Carolina. A measure that would crack down on identification cards not issued by the state also got initial approval.
The House gave final approval to a bill that would limit public disclosure of video from police body cameras and dashboard cameras.
Outside of Raleigh, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear the state's appeal of the decision by three federal judges throwing out the 2011 congressional district map because lawmakers relied too heavily on race to draw two districts. The court had refused to hear the appeal in February, forcing lawmakers to redraw the map and the state to hold a special congressional primary three weeks ago.