Just after 11pm Wednesday legislative leaders in Raleigh made public the much talked about budget proposal that reportedly includes money for a 7% average pay increase for North Carolina Teachers. Senator Nathan Ramsey who represents Buncombe County, said the budget is fiscally sound with one billion dollars still in the state's reserves.
Senator Nathan Ramsey who represents Buncombe County, said the budget is fiscally sound with one billion dollars still in the state's reserves.
"It represents the largest teacher pay raise in gross dollar amounts in state history," said Ramsey, Wednesday night by phone from Raleigh.
Rep. Susan Fisher who also represents Buncombe County said she and most other representatives had not seen any version of the budget while leaders had promised it would be released Wednesday morning. After receiving it late Wednesday night, Rep. Fisher who wanted to learn how the teacher pay raises would be funded, said she wished to wait to comment on the budget until she had time to review it Thursday.
by Kimberly King
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