House plan includes permanent raises for most state workers

Associated Press

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina teachers and state employees would get permanent pay increases in the budget bill House members want to pass this week.

House Republicans released Monday night their entire spending plan for the next fiscal year after talking behind closed doors for several hours. The $22.2 billion measure adjusts the second year of the current two-year budget.

Rank-and-file state workers would get average 2 percent raises and $500 bonuses. Gov. Pat McCrory’s spending proposals offered just bonuses to most workers. The House bill also would raise the amount of individual income that wouldn’t be subject to taxes.

Two committees will debate and consider amendments to the House bill Tuesday. Floor debates and two required votes were expected Thursday and Friday. The Senate next will fashion its own budget bill.

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