- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 20, 2016

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Outgoing Republican Gov. Pat McCrory has sent his successor some ideas for the next North Carolina state budget on topics like education, transportation and mental health.

State law directs an outgoing governor to deliver budget recommendations to the governor-elect by mid-December. McCrory distributed a video message Tuesday hitting highlights of written suggestions made to Democrat Roy Cooper.

McCrory’s recommendations include getting average teacher pay to $55,000 by 2018 and seeking a $1 billion transportation bond package. He also suggests $40 million over two years for initiatives from his mental health task force and nearly another $700 million for the state’s reserves.

Cooper will have his own two-year proposal for the legislature in early 2017 that’s likely to be very different from McCrory’s ideas. The next budget year begins in July.

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