Teachers, state employees see raises in NC Senate budget
RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – North Carolina Senate leaders announced their budget proposal on Tuesday, and raises for teachers and state employees got plenty of attention.
The Senate’s proposal sets aside $95 million for merit-based state employee pay raises and then additional money for bonuses.
On average, it would be about a 2 percent raise.
For teachers, their salary would go from an average of $48,000 a year to more than $54,000 a year.
“It lays the groundwork for a bold plan for teachers to see their average pay surge to nearly $55,000 within two years for the first time in state history,” said Senate leader Phil Berger.
The budget meets the $22.225 billion spending level agreed to by the House and Senate, Berger’s office said.
“I like the teacher pay increases that are proposed in the budget as well as increases for state employees, but we have a lot to work on,” said Democratic Senator Floyd McKissick.