Berger Responds to Governor’s Threat to Veto Largest Teacher Raise in State History

Jul 10, 2014
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Raleigh, N.C. – Senate Leader Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) issued the following statement Thursday in response to Gov. Pat McCrory’s threat to veto any budget containing teacher pay raises in excess of six percent, including the Senate’s plan to raise teacher salaries by an average 11 percent:

“I’m disappointed by the governor’s threat to veto the largest teacher pay raise in state history and surprised by his demand for a budget without cuts to teacher assistants and Medicaid – given that his own budget included almost $20 million in cuts to teacher assistants along with significant, though ultimately unachievable, cuts to Medicaid.

“The governor has been unable to sustain any of his previous vetoes in the Senate. It would be more helpful for him to work with members of both chambers of the legislature, since his unwillingness to listen to those who have an honest disagreement with him on spending priorities in favor of staging media stunts and budget gimmicks is a major reason the budget has not been finalized.”
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