Gov. McCrory and House Leaders Reveal New Budget Plan

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by WCCB Charlotte

RALEIGH, NC -- There's a new plan to give teachers in North Carolina raises, without forcing them to give up tenure rights.  Governor Pat McCrory and house leaders joined forces on a new budget plan Wednesday.  It calls for an on-average five percent pay raise for teachers.  Beginning teachers would get a little more.  

Governor McCrory says teacher pay is not a political issue.  "This is a North Carolina issue and we recognize that teachers need pay raises, and our plan does just that, but it's responsible and it's affordable," he said.

The new bill does not rely on lottery money to pay for teacher raises.  It would also give state employees a $1,000 raise, and retirees would receive a cost-of-living increase.

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