NC Senate walks out of state budget negotiations

jmorrill@charlotteobserver.comJuly 9, 2014 

Senate budget negotiators walked out of a meeting with their House counterparts Wednesday morning after House leaders, signaling agreement on a final spending plan may be further away than expected.

Senators walked out after House negotiators insisted on hearing from critics of proposed Senate cuts to teacher assistants.

After senators left, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Superintendent Heath Morrison told lawmakers that the Senate’s proposed cuts in classroom assistants would be “devastating.”

House Speaker Thom Tillis said the Senate budget would result in the loss of 7,000 teacher assistant positions including over 800 in Charlotte-Mecklenburg.

Morrill: 704-358-5059

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