NC Senate Approves $21 Billion State Budget


by Jennifer Miller

RALEIGH, N.C. -- North Carolina's Senate approved a $21 billion state budget Thursday that will use $282 million to increase pay raises for teachers.

Public school teachers will receive an average seven-percent raise and kindergarten through college classrooms will get $113 million more in funding.      

The vote follows a marathon week of crafting and debating the spending deal. The house is scheduled to take preliminary votes on the budget today, with a final vote early Saturday morning.

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