NC House leaders roll out budget plan - WRBL

NC House leaders roll out budget plan

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RALEIGH, N.C. - State House leaders unveiled their $21 billion budget plan for next year.

It includes an average 5 percent pay raise for teachers, with starting salaries getting a bigger boost.

But unlike the North Carolina Senate's plan, it doesn't pay for it by cutting teaching assistants. Instead, it bets big on the lottery.      
     
The House plan would double the amount of money the lottery can use for advertising to get people to buy more tickets.  
     
House leaders say that's projected to raise an additional $106 million that can go to teacher raises.
     
House Speaker Thom Tillis says many Republicans don't like the lottery and don't want to expand it, but the plan also requires more disclosure about actual odds of winning and payouts.

"My guess is, if Republicans had been in the majority at the time the lottery was put before the people, it would never have made it to the floor,” said Thom Tillis, NC House Speaker. “But it is here, and you can't necessarily un-ring that bell when you're talking about hundreds of millions of dollars going to education."

The House proposal also avoids the steep cuts to Medicaid eligibility proposed by the Senate.
     
Wednesday, the proposal goes before the full House Finance and Appropriations Committees.
     
It's required to receive two votes before the full House, which are tentatively scheduled for Thursday and Friday.

Read through the entire budget proposal here.
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