Wednesday Wrap: Waiting, waiting, waiting

Posted July 30, 2014

— Another day passed Wednesday without a budget document to determine what lawmakers are cutting to achieve their compromise spending plan.

WRAL News obtained a table breaking down what legislative leaders have called the largest teacher pay raise in state history. Although the raises average 7 percent, lawmakers are eliminating longevity pay for teachers with at least 10 years of experience. That means that the longest-tenured teachers will receive the smallest increases, while those who have been in the classroom for only a few years will get a sizable raise.

Lawmakers continue to work on issues aside from the budget.

The House voted 106-0 to reject the Senate's plan to reform Medicaid by shifting the program to a new state agency and putting insurers in charge of controlling costs. The measure now goes to a conference committee, and some lawmakers have said they plan to return later in the year for a special session to debate Medicaid reform.

The House Finance Committee also rejected a Senate proposal that caps local sales tax rates, but the move was taken primarily because of economic development provisions in the bill. House members objected to a special fund for the commerce secretary to land big industry expansions. Meanwhile, the committee voted to extend a tax credit for restoring old industrial buildings.

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  • mattandsusan Jul 30, 2014

    My representative (Stevens) told me that longevity was staying, but would now be distributed monthly. The percent columns in the document are calculated INCLUDING longevity if you do the Math. NCAE's accusation doesn't seem to hold water here...