- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 5, 2016

JAMESTOWN, N.C. (AP) - The Latest on North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory unveiling public education proposals in his upcoming budget (all times local):

7:50 p.m.

Gov. Pat McCrory’s office has some dollar figures for what it would take to give North Carolina teachers an average 5 percent pay raise and other educators some significant bonuses.

Communications Director Josh Ellis said Tuesday night that the permanent pay raises that McCrory proposed earlier Tuesday at a Guilford County news conference would cost roughly $250 million annually. McCrory also says his budget proposal will contain average 3.5 percent one-time bonuses for teachers. Ellis says those would be a one-time cost of $165 million.

McCrory says he can propose such increases because of a small budget surplus resulting from stronger-than-expected revenues. Right now state government economists are projecting a $237 million surplus this fiscal year and another $179 million at the proposal of legislators next year. But that could change.

This year’s state budget is almost $22 billion.

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3:50 p.m.

Gov. Pat McCrory says his upcoming budget plan for next year will ask legislators to raise North Carolina public school teacher pay by 5 percent on average and offer one-time bonuses that disproportionately benefit veteran teachers.

McCrory unveiled highlights of his public education spending proposal Tuesday during a news conference at the Guilford County high school he attended.

The Republican governor says his plan would raise the state’s average teacher salary above $50,000 and move North Carolina up the pay ladder among Southeastern states. He also envisioned bonuses ranging from $1,100 to $5,000.

The governor didn’t provide specifics on how much such pay increases would cost except that a small projected budget surplus would help make it happen. Any pay changes would require House and Senate approval.


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