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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — House budget-writers have recommended changes to the spending plan for North Carolina state government next year that ease school district funding reductions and give public employees and teachers a small bonus four years after their last pay increase.

The House Appropriations Committee recommended the $20.3 billion budget plan Tuesday after more than four hours of debate and votes on about 20 amendments. Debate on the House floor is expected Wednesday and Thursday.

The bill reduces by two-thirds the $500 million in state money that school districts would have been required to return next school year. There’s a $250 bonus for state employees and teachers. The measure also sets aside $50 million to respond to conflicts with federal agencies involving adult care home residents and services they receive.

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  • michael thompson

    I’m surprised at them wanting to give a bonus AND extra vacation days. I had figured one or the other, but certainly not both!!

    Oh well, by the time the Senate and the House kick it around, I’m sure it WILL BE one or the other, not both! Oh, and Perdue’s lame recommendation for a raise (1.8%) has no chance of being considered, and she KNOWS it. But she can always say “I tried to get more money for state workers (including her teacher buddies) but the big, bad Republicans just don’t want to play along.”

    That’s okay, whatever they want to give I’ll certainly take.

  • StateWorker1

    Wow how generous. After 4 years, $250 ? After taxes it will not be much. In the last 4 years state employees have lost ground due to rising healthcare costs. I take home close to $2000 less now because of the poorly run State Health plan. I am VERY grateful to be employed but we are hurting like everyone else.Green rustorm

  • Truthseeker

    As a retired state employee, personally I could not take the “bs” anymore and got out you will never be compensated until you fight for it. SEANC is a joke, what have they got you, but you continue to pay those dues. Until you get rid of the incompetent managers, incompetent Raleigh staff you deserve nothing. These managers and Raleigh staff suck up to legislatures and they get their raises through back door shenanigans while you toil along and get nothing but more work. State government is full of political hacks and incompetent managers at every level. They come up with the most ridiculous policies and rules that do not increase efficiency or morale. Until you do a work stoppage and show your worth the public could care less whether you get a raise or not. They see no improvements, roads in NC suck, the most visible state employees (SHP)harass you on the roads and our education system is poor. Purdue and previous Democratic Governors have through pure dishonesty ruined a once good state. State Managers have through their own greed and incompetence ruined your chances for a decent living and decent benefits. As the old adage goes, you get what you deserve. Not one of you rank and file state employees will stand up for whats right for you. Most of you are spineless, weak and just take it. Have fun with your 250, what a joke, hahaha!

  • ReneeG

    After being in the school system for almost 10 years and the only thing I’ve seen are bills that are getting way out of hand, inflation all around me, and hardly any income to cover everything. I’m a single mother with three children and this just isn’t cutting it anymore. I’m seriously looking into finding other employment and have even considered moving to another state. North Carolina is not my home state, but I have been here for several years. It is really going down the toilet when it comes to doing right by its residents and employees. I’m very disappointed in this state and once upon a time, considered calling this my home state, but not now. The state is costing me too much money to work for it.


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