McCrory Says He Will Sign New $21B Budget

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Governor Pat McCrory says he will sign the state's $21 billion budget that is one vote away from passage.

At a Friday afternoon news conference, McCrory called the budget "a victory for the people of North Carolina."

The document is full of cuts, policy shifts and a raise for public school teachers averaging 7 percent.

The spending plan won preliminary approval from the House on Friday. The Senate passed it earlier Friday. A final vote is expected in the state House on Saturday. The document was negotiated among Republicans, who hold large legislative majorities.

The budget holds spending flat by committing $153 million of one-time money and tapping $620 million in savings from the previous year.

Class sizes in kindergarten and first grade will be reduced, but child care subsidies are being reduced and Medicaid provider payments cut.

State School Superintendent June Atkinson emailed her employees Friday afternoon, warning their budget will be cut by 10%. Atkinson says jobs will be eliminated because of the budget.

A Department of Public Instruction spokeswoman says as far as they know, their department took the largest percentage cut in state government. The cuts do not affect classroom instruction.


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The North Carolina House is closing in on approving a $21 billion budget full of cuts, policy shifts and a raise for public school teachers averaging 7 percent.

The spending plan for the year that started a month ago won preliminary approval from the House on Friday. The Senate passed it earlier Friday. A final vote is expected in the state House on Saturday. The document was negotiated among Republicans, who hold large legislative majorities.

The budget holds spending flat by committing $153 million of one-time money and tapping $620 million in savings from the previous year.

Class sizes in kindergarten and first grade will be reduced, but child care subsidies are being reduced and Medicaid provider payments cut.

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North Carolina's Senate has given approval to a $21.1 billion state budget that gives public school teachers an average 7 percent raise and kindergarten through college classrooms $113 million more in funding.

The Senate voted 33-10 to pass the budget shortly before 1 a.m. Friday with no discussion. The vote follows a marathon week of crafting and debating the spending deal.

Senate leader Phil Berger says the budget reflects a state still righting itself from the Great Recession. He credited tough choices by Republican lawmakers since winning legislative majorities in 2010.

Gov. Pat McCrory must veto the entire budget or allow it to become law.

The House is scheduled to take preliminary votes on the budget Friday, with a final vote early Saturday morning.

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