- Associated Press - Friday, April 22, 2016

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The Latest on Gov. Pat McCrory talking about his proposed adjustments to the second year of North Carolina’s current two-year budget (all times local):

2:45 p.m.

Gov. Pat McCrory’s office is releasing more details about his teacher pay proposal that he says would raise the average salary above $50,000.

The base teacher plan disclosed Friday after McCrory’s budget news conference has all current teachers with up to 24 years of experience getting permanent raises next school year from $500 to $5,000. He also wants to return to a previous expectation that most teachers would get a slight salary increase with each additional year on the job. Legislators recently changed the salary schedule so experienced-based raises come every five years or so.

Teachers with up to 24 years of experience also would receive bonuses of $1,100, while those at 25 years or higher would get $5,000 bonuses.

Previously, McCrory’s office said the permanent pay raises would cost $247 million annually and the bonuses would have a one-time cost of $165 million.


12:15 p.m.

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory wants legislators to put another $300 million into state reserves and give one-time bonuses to rank-and-file state workers next year.

McCrory released more details Friday about his proposed adjustments to the second year of the two-year state budget. The General Assembly reconvenes Monday. McCrory wants to spend $22.3 billion, or nearly 3 percent above this year.

The rainy-day reserve would grow to $1.4 billion. McCrory told reporters he wants to strengthen the state’s safety net for future economic swings.

The governor wants 3 percent bonuses for state workers, capped at $3,000 and regular pay raises for state law enforcement officers, court clerks and assistant prosecutors. McCrory also wants $27 million more for a salary fund to attract and retain workers in hard-to-staff or high-demand fields.

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