Thursday Wrap: Budget movement, threat

Posted July 10, 2014

— The House and Senate exchanged new budget offers on Thursday, but Gov, Pat McCrory remains dissatisfied with the Senate side of the debate, threatening to veto a final spending plan if it resembles what senators have put forward.

The Senate is sticking with its plans to give teachers an 11 percent raise but said it would free up $170 million for the House to use as it sees fit on its priorities of keeping teaching assistants and Medicaid funding.

The House shook enough money from the Department of Health and Human Services to up its teacher raise proposal from 5 to 6 percent.

McCrory said 6 percent is enough to provide a decent raise without sacrificing other budget needs and pinching local school districts, which would have to generate money to help finance any raises.

Outside of the budget, the Senate approved a conference committee deal to replace the Common Core academic standards in public schools with new standards that could include elements of Common Core.

The Senate postponed a vote to concur with House changes to a plan to clean up coal ash ponds statewide, and Sen. Tom Apodaca, R-Henderson, said the measure is likely headed to a conference committee to work out the House and Senate differences.


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  • ncsense Jul 11, 2014

    You might want to fill us in on when the Democrats were "continuously" talking about raising taxes. The budget debacle that you are watching right now is a result of Republicans adopting tax cuts last year that were too deep and benefitted all the wrong people.

  • Bob Smith Jul 10, 2014
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    It is so nice to not have to hear continuously about raising taxes as when Democrats were in charge. The Republicans have a budget, and are making the determination as they should what the priorities are. If Democrats were in charge again, all we would be hearing about is their wanting to raise more taxes. It is good to hear tough decisions being made for a change, rather than creating a boogey-man as Democrats have done in the past...