Politics & Government

State employees, here’s what raises you’d get under NC House budget

Aside from teachers and principals, most state employees would see raises of just 1 percent under the proposed state House budget.

House Speaker Tim Moore, a Cleveland County Republican, and budget writers announced the proposed raises at a news conference Tuesday at the legislature. Budget language providing more details hasn’t yet been released; it’s expected to be added to the larger budget proposal in a House committee Wednesday.

State employees would receive 1 percent or $500, whichever is larger, said Rep. Donny Lambeth, a Winston-Salem Republican.

But a few groups of state employees would see bigger raises under the House budget proposal. Certified correctional officers would get a 5 percent raise, as would trial court coordinators and administrators.

Lambeth said that some UNC system employees may get raises higher than 1 percent depending on how the colleges use allotments.

Lambeth also said that all state employees would get five bonus leave days.

Among educators, teachers would get average raises of 4.8 percent; assistant principals would get 6.3 percent and principals would get 10 percent, House leaders said. They also propose reinstating master’s degree pay for teachers.

The State Employees Association of North Carolina, which lobbies on behalf of state workers, pushed back against the House plan.

“This budget is a slap in the face,” SEANC President Jimmy Davis said in a statement. “House leaders have failed to prioritize public services and disrespected the people who provide them. House members of both parties should reject this plan.”

In 2018, the budget that passed included an average 6.5 percent raise for teachers and raises for state employees that mostly ranged from 2 to 8 percent, The News & Observer previously reported.

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Dawn Baumgartner Vaughan covers North Carolina state government and politics at The News & Observer. She previously covered Durham for 13 years, and has received six North Carolina Press Association awards, including a 2018 award for investigative reporting.
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