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Budget plan would give teachers raises, cap film incentive

RALEIGH, NC (WWAY) — A budget plan unveiled by Republican leaders in Raleigh today would mean more money to teachers and less money for Hollywood.

House Speaker Thom Tillis and Senate leader Phil Berger announced the budget plan during a news conference Tuesday.

Their plan gives teachers an average seven-percent raise, preserves teacher assistant positions and makes a one-percent cut to the Medicaid reimbursement rate for health care providers.

Republican budget writers say the spending proposal maintains funding for the university system and reforms the pay structure for teachers. It also increases pay for Highway Patrol troopers. Most state workers will get a $1,000 raise a five bonus vacation days.

Gov. Pat McCrory has previously said he would veto a budget with a teacher raise over seven percent. Berger said McCrory still has some concerns but has been updated as the plan has taken shape.

“I think some of the concern was if we got to seven percent, how could we do it and could we convince him that the mechanics are in place?” Tillis said of discussions with the governor over the weekend. “I think that we can.”

The budget draft is set to be released either tonight or tomorrow with votes in the Senate and House by the end of the week.

Democratic House leader Rep. Larry Hall told WTVD in Raleigh that he and other lawmakers feel shut out of this budget process and that they have not seen the package. He says he’s eager to see the proposal Republican leaders drafted and whether it will be sustainable.

(Information from the Associated Press and WTVD was used in this story)

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