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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — The administration of North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory is forming a budget proposal for the next fiscal year that could boost the salaries of teachers and state employees.

State Budget Director Art Pope has told state agencies he wants their 2014-15 spending proposals to be at least 2 percent less than what the General Assembly allocated for next year in the two-year budget approved in 2013. He says savings may go toward salary increases.

Pope said in a December memo he wants their proposals by Feb. 10. McCrory likely will offer his budget adjustments in the spring, and the legislature reconvenes in May. The governor has said teacher pay raises are a priority. They’ve received only one raise since 2008.

The Insider news service first reported on the memo.

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7 Comments on "NC budget director cites teacher pay in planning"

2015 years 10 months ago

I’ll use simple numbers to make it easier. The government budgets $100 dollars for the schools. The lottery comes along and gives $40 to the schools. Now the government goes back and takes out $40 they were going to give and they waste it on feel good projects that have nothing to do with education. The end result is the lottery money goes to the schools not as “in addition to” like it was sold.

The schools still get $100, they get the lottery money and the government now has a new pile of money to wee away.

2015 years 10 months ago

Lottery funds are designated for, and can only be used for, capital improvements (ie: construction of new schools, remodeling or additions to existing school, repairs to existing schools, etc.)

nc tax payer
2015 years 10 months ago

please someone tell me what happening to all the money coming from the ed. state lottery . whos pocket is it going in.

2015 years 10 months ago

I’m doing something to make y’all forget all of 2013. Hey, teachers…don’t leave! There’s an election in November.

We’re 48th in teacher pay. Maybe I can help get us up to 47th by then. (but those that can’t vote-oh, well)

2015 years 10 months ago

Asking for 2% in cuts to department budgets but using pay raises as the excuse? While the number of employees is large (justifiably so for a state of 9.5M people) cutting 2% on overall budgets seems severe if ALL it’s going for is a pay raise.
They seem to be scrambling for revenues. Did they cut taxes too far, too fast and are now catching up with budget cuts? Starve the beast comes to mind here. Remember, even during Smileys Admin raises for government employees were few and far between (One raise since 2008 proves that point). If memory serves me correctly prior to 2008 there were several more years with no raises as well.
This is one of those stories that raises more questions than it answers….


Southern Born
2015 years 10 months ago

Seems your an expert on everything, I will guarantee you that your percentages are made up!!!the education lottery has never allocated funds appropriately, but they have allocated the funds legally. Every Government entity (department) has to answer via an audit to the public they are public record and are advertised once accepted and approve, the auditors answer to a board of their piers and system of checks and balances is in place.

So if you have a problem with allocation the state treasurer can provide a copy of the audit and you can then solicit you’re representative to help change the allocation.

I will bet you that a 100 percent of anything Questy and Cry-Baby-Omatic says is wrong 50% of the time. See how smart spouting percentage sounds. So their Guesty does that break it down for you.

Oh and I’m sure this is all wrong, because you have spell check and got all A in English.

2015 years 10 months ago

The teachers are not the only state employees who haven’t received raises. I am glad they are not looking to raise taxes in order to cover teacher raises. The education department and state as a whole, need to learn to be better stewards of the money they already have.


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