There’s been a lot of talk these past few months about raising teacher salaries. State employees want in, too.
Dana Cope, head of the State Employees Association of North Carolina, told Time Warner Cable News he’s hoping for 3 percent raises.
State employees and teachers received no raises this year. They have mostly gone without raises since the recession started, except for a 1.2 percent increase in 2012.
Gov. Pat McCrory had raises for teachers and state employees in his first proposed budget, but the expenditure didn’t make it into the legislature’s budget.
Rep. Nelson Dollar, a Cary Republican and chief budget writer in the House, told the news station that legislators want to give raises, but they have to get Medicaid costs under control.