State Senate Gives Initial Approval To New Budget

The new state budget provides more money for kindergarten through college classrooms, raises for public school teachers and a boost for vouchers for children attending private and religious schools.

The $21 billion spending plan detailed in documents Thursday outlines spending for the year started a month ago. The state Senate gave its tentative approval Thursday. Final approval could come in the House early Saturday.

The plan cuts some items while using $620 million in savings from the previous year to cover new priorities such as $282 million needed to raise salaries for public school teachers and making up for tax collections hundreds of millions of dollars below expectations.

Vehicle owners also can now choose a license plate that honors early demands for American independence.

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The new state budget provides more money for kindergarten through college classrooms, raises for public school teachers and a boost for vouchers for children attending private and religious schools.

The $21 billion spending plan detailed in documents Thursday outlines spending for the year started a month ago.

The plan cuts some items while using $620 million in savings from the previous year to cover new priorities such as $282 million needed to raise salaries for public school teachers and making up for tax collections hundreds of millions of dollars below expectations.

Legislative staffers say income tax cuts approved last year are worth $680 million this year, more than $200 million higher than previously estimated.

Vehicle owners also can now choose a license plate that honors early demands for American independence.

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North Carolina House and Senate Republicans have unveiled the details of a budget that gives teachers a 7 percent raise, preserves teacher assistant positions and makes a 1 percent cut to the Medicaid reimbursement rate for health care providers.

House Speaker Thom Tillis and Senate leader Phil Berger announced the budget plan during a news conference on Tuesday.

Republican budget writers say the spending proposal maintains funding for the university system and reforms the pay structure for teachers. It also increases pay for Highway Patrol troopers.

Gov. Pat McCrory has previously said he would veto a budget with a teacher raise over 6 percent. Berger said McCrory still has some concerns but has been updated as the plan has taken shape.

The budget draft is set to be released Wednesday.

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