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McCrory says he'd veto Senate pay plan

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GARY D. ROBERTSON
Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- Gov. Pat McCrory says he'd veto any North Carolina budget plan on his desk that raises teacher pay dramatically like the Senate wants because it would mean huge cuts elsewhere to pay for it.

McCrory told The Associated Press in an interview Thursday he's not going to risk key government services and allow Medicaid reductions to accept the Senate's average 11 percent pay offer. The original Senate proposal cut funding for thousands of teacher assistants to pay for it.

The governor is siding with the latest House offer to raises teacher pay on average by 6 percent, up from 5 percent. He says 6 percent is about as far as he can go and feel comfortable.

The two chambers are negotiating budget adjustment for the year that started July 1.

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Well

There are several ways to look at this.
He has basically capped the potential pay raise at a certain level which is a good thing.
He has proposed a cap on film incentives and proposed moving the film bureau.
He is consolidating some agencies.

He is STILL one of the worst rated Governors for job losses in the SE - which is something he partially inherited....

Unemployment rate is down but just like the Obama Admin - this is caused MORE by getting people off the unemployment rolls than it is by job creation.

To me, the jury is still "out" but my patience is wearing thin...

Vog

that is the one thing after

that is the one thing after 140 years of DEMORATS running the state of NC into the ground that you people still can not grasp, this state is broke! it does not have the dollars to spend, and the hardest part for you people to get in your head is, those dollars do not belong to the state or the fed's, those dollars come out of the citizens of NC that pay tax's, it does not grow on trees.

That's nothing new

the state has been operating on a shoe string for years. Who can remember the past few years when state income tax returns were timed for release to ensure there were sufficient dollars in the state's bank account to cover them?

The real kicker this year is neither education or film incentives. The dragging dog is Medicaid funding. Get that resolved and the other issues will find resolution.

Effectively, the House and Governor are using a funding model which ignores past performance.

Historically, Medicaid spending has created an a shortfall in available budgeted revenue. Year after Year. And year after year, the prior Governors have borrowed funds from the FEDS to cover that shortfall. Thus we have a significant number of dollars, roughly $142,000,000, being spent in repaying the Federal debt. That borrowing did not require legislative approval; the former governors could borrow the funds unilaterally.

If history repeats itself, the proposal by the House will result in a shortfall in funding, perhaps as early as January. The shortfall will have to come from somewhere; and the Governor is opposed to future borrowing.

The Senate, on the other hand, is using a model which more closely tracks prior Medicaid spending in establishing the budget.

This is an instance where I think the Governor and House are wrong.

Bottom Line -- resolve the Medicaid funding issue and the remaining budget items will be resolved in 1 afternoon.

No doubt there will be a few trolling posters who will not read; will assume I support the Governor on this; and will make some anal post.

They'd better use their time sending their legislative representatives an email or making a phone call. But they won't.

If

If he had not cut the tax rate on the more affluent we would have enough money for both. Where was he when the legislature was doing the things Art Pope and the Koch brothers wanted?
I never thought a progressive state like NC would be reduced to making these kinds of choices.
This is why we didn't let republican'ts be in power for the last 100 years or so. It only took them about 9 months to screw up the whole state.

please explain your comment on tax breaks

Who got what?

School

I explained all this about 2 weeks ago and I am not going to keep teaching school here for you people. It is information that is available to anyone that knows how to do research.

The state was screwed up

The state was screwed up long before our current governor came along. They have been having to cut programs from the budget for years. A few years back, the program that my husband worked for got cut back significantly and a couple of years later, they cut the program completely. He then got a job that was funded by a grant provided by the state. That job got cut as well and that was all under democratic governors.