On Monday, the North Carolina House of Representatives released this year’s budget plan. The proposed plan would make several substantive changes including repealing excise taxation on manufacturing machinery, providing a tax cut to the majority of taxpayers who make more than $95,000 annually, and a pay raise for North Carolina teachers. This raise would average 4.1 percent of current salaries and raise average teacher pay to $50,000 by 2018.
“Our economic future depends on a well-educated workforce ready for college or a career. To achieve this, we have to improve basic math, reading and writing skills in the early grades, restore discipline to the classroom, and support our teachers,” said Rep. Nelson Dollar, R-Wake, who was the House’s lead budget writer in a statement.
Opponents of the legislature’s stance on education policy in recent years are skeptical that this provision is a reactionary measure prompted by the prospect of a highly competitive election year in the traditionally “purple” Tar Heel state, according to Rodney Ellis, president of the North Carolina Association of Educators.