- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 17, 2016

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The Latest on North Carolina House members debating proposed budget adjustments for next year (all times local):

5:35 p.m.

Two House committees have debated and signed off on proposed state government budget adjustments for next year.

The finance and appropriations panels Tuesday voted for a $22.2 billion proposal for the year starting July 1. The measure adjusts the second year of the two-year budget approved last September.

The Appropriations Committee debated and voted on more than 45 amendments during an all-day meeting. Committee members found additional funds for a new State Bureau of Investigation airplane and rejected an effort to scale back the hiring of new literacy coaches to help children in early grades.

The bill includes average teacher pay raises of 4.1 percent and salary increases for most state workers of 2 percent, with $500 bonuses.

The full House plans to debate the bill Wednesday and hold the first of two required floor votes.


4:30 a.m.

House Republicans have ready what’s usually considered the most important bill of the North Carolina legislature’s annual work session - the budget.

The chamber’s GOP leaders rolled out late Monday a $22.2 billion plan to adjust the second year of the current two-year state government spending plan approved last September. The House finance and appropriations committees scheduled meetings Tuesday to consider amendments and take votes so the bill can go to the floor later this week.

The measure offers most teachers and state employees permanent pay increases and one-time bonuses for even more people. The average teacher raise is calculated at 4.1 percent. Rank-and-file state workers would get 2 percent raises and $500 bonuses.

The House plan would also raise standard deductions on income tax over four years.

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