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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — North Carolina Republicans are dishing up some financial payback for the state’s top teacher lobbying group, one of the strongest supporters of the Legislature’s former Democratic leadership.

A Senate committee voted along party lines Wednesday to strip the North Carolina Association of Educators of the ability to have membership dues deducted directly from teachers’ paychecks. The committee rejected a change that would have cut off payroll deductions for all other associations representing state employees and others.

The bill’s sponsor is Republican Sen. Ralph Hise of Spruce Pine. Hise says the political climate only allows stripping dues deduction rights from teachers and retired teachers.

Association executive director Scott Anderson says the group is being singled out because it is resisting budget cuts to public schools planned by GOP lawmakers.

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