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NC House budget panel begins debating adjustments

Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — The Republican-led House wants to give a small bonus and more vacation time to North Carolina state employees and teachers who have not received a state-funded salary increase in four years.

State, university and public school employees would receive a one-time $250 increase in their paychecks next year in the proposed budget being debated Tuesday by the House Appropriations Committee. They also would get an extra five days of annual leave.

The bonuses would not be the recurring salary increases that Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue sought in her spending plan.

The budget adjustment plan for the year starting July 1 would spend $20.3 billion, or nearly 2 percent more than the Legislature had originally provided last year.

The full House plans to vote on its adjustments later this week.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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