RALEIGH, North Carolina (WTVD) — Republicans at the North Carolina General Assembly announced Monday a two-year state budget deal that gives raises to teachers, state employees and retirees next year but puts off income tax breaks until 2019.
Senate and House leaders unveiled details of their spending plan Monday and urged Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper to sign the measure when it gets to his desk, probably by the end of the week after votes in each chamber. But Cooper’s office signaled quickly that a veto could be on the horizon.
The plan, which would spend about $23 billion in the fiscal year starting July 1, also provides bonuses for public school educators, sets aside another several hundred million dollars for reserves, government building repairs and the Hurricane Matthew recovery.
“What we are trying to do is move in a positive direction on increasing teacher pay, in funding the state’s priorities, and we’re trying to do it in a responsible way so that we don’t end up when we have a recession having to make major reductions in the appropriations,” Senate leader Phil Berger of Rockingham County said at a news conference.