Tillis: Teacher, state employee raises in budget mix

Posted January 28, 2014

House Speaker Thom Tillis speaks during the opening day of the 2013 legislative session on Jan. 9, 2013.

— House Speaker Thom Tillis said Tuesday that lawmakers are planning to included raises for teachers and state workers in this year's budget.

"We're in ongoing discussions with the Senate and the governor," Tillis said after a meeting of the General Assembly's Government Operations Committee, an oversight group comprised of the legislature's top leaders.

The group had just received a report forecasting tax revenues growing in 2014 when compared with 2013, although economists emphasized those numbers were still subject to change. 

"As the economy trends in the direction that it is, it's going to give us the flexibility to do it, and we're looking forward to being able to outline that over the next month," Tillis said.

During a news conference earlier this month, Gov. Pat McCrory had named raising teacher salaries as one of his top priorities for the coming year, but he did not mention raises for state workers

Tillis said he expected to see both groups in line for a raise this coming year, although it is too soon to say what form those raises might be or how much.

"They're both important. It's just how do you put it into the mix with the available funds," he said.

A teacher advisory panel told McCrory Tuesday that the state should increase pay for starting teachers, currently the lowest in the region, and reinstate extra pay for teachers who earn advanced degrees. The governor said he would present the report to legislative leaders this week.

"You are going to have an impact on the decision that's going to be made by the executive branch and the legislature, especially on compensation for teachers," he said.


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  • sabsco Jan 31, 2014

    Yes, facts are essential to informed discussion:

    "The average public pension in North Carolina is $22,000 per year.

    Of the 220,000 retirees, less than 300 have an annual pension benefit greater than $100,000."


  • ILoveDowntownRaleigh Jan 30, 2014

    Thom "ALEC Legislator Of The Year" Tillis - alecarolina

    :-) That's funny - hadn't heard about that particular "award". Just curious - is there anyone on this thread who would seriously consider voting for someone who won THAT award? If so, please post under the name "Brand New in North Carolina".

  • Mustange Jan 30, 2014

    This is a good time to remind everyone that the pension plan in North Carolina is 100% funded by employees by the 6% that the state employees & teachers kick in out of each paycheck Yep cant seem to get the public to understand they dont pay a dime toward state pensions its paid for by the worker out of his pay check !!!!!!

  • Objective Scientist Jan 30, 2014

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    Danny Boy... how many NC teachers-state employees retire with $200,000.00+ pensions from the state? Perhaps some of those are "justified", although I imagine you object to ANYONE having a pension of that magnitude. I can tell you that NO teacher retires from teaching - teaching alone - with a pension of $200K... NOT EVEN CLOSE! I don't know, but I would guess most teachers pensions are definitely BELOW $50K, perhaps even $40K. Overall, VERY FEW state employees and NO TEACHERS have that size of a pension! State employees, including teachers, have 6% (I believe that is the current rate) of their salary deducted from each paycheck that is put into their pension fund. Over a career of 30 years... that adds up! Teachers... to have a "Teaching Certificate" - an absolute requirement to teach K-12 in NC - requires an undergraduate Bachelor's degree. Teachers invested, at minimum, 4 years of their life and a substantial sum of money to do that!

  • Objective Scientist Jan 30, 2014

    The comments posted to this topic NEVER cease to amaze me with regard to misconceptions, misunderstanding, "facts" stated that are anything but fact, lack of respect - even "hatred" toward teachers and state employees, etc., etc., etc. There are 50 states in the USA and all are different in how and how much they pay teachers, their pension plans, other benefits, tenure, etc. It is a "competitive" environment for available teachers. The current legislature is now seeing just the beginnings of the impact on public education in NC their evisceration of NC teachers - and it is "not good". When you are paying your teachers better than only 3 or 4 other states - 46-47 of 50, pay more... and continue to award greater pay to those holding advanced degrees, and to award tenure for qualifying teachers... you - NC in this case - are going to be left primarily with the "bottom of the barrel" teachers... and this legislature will give pay raises to the top 25% of that group! Tillis is a JOKE!

  • goldenosprey Jan 30, 2014

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    *citation needed

  • jgilchr Jan 30, 2014

    How about merit pay and mandatory drug testing for politicians?

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  • 12345_here Jan 30, 2014

    How do you know Tillis is lying?
    He is running for office.

    Actions last year speak louder than his rhetoric this year.

  • tracmister Jan 29, 2014

    I have a quote for Tillis when it comes to his rhetoric on raises and helping people, "Your actions are so loud I can't hear a word you say!"