State Budget Director Cites Teacher Pay In Planning

The administration of North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory is forming a budget proposal for the next fiscal year that could boost the salaries of teachers and state employees.

State Budget Director Art Pope has told state agencies he wants their 2014-15 spending proposals to be at least 2 percent less than what the General Assembly allocated for next year in the two-year budget approved in 2013. He says savings may go toward salary increases.

Pope said in a December memo he wants their proposals by Feb. 10. McCrory likely will offer his budget adjustments in the spring, and the legislature reconvenes in May. The governor has said teacher pay raises are a priority. They've received only one raise since 2008.

The Insider news service first reported on the memo.

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