House committees debating proposed budget adjustments

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — House Republicans have ready what’s usually considered the most important bill of the North Carolina legislature’s annual work session — the budget.

The chamber’s GOP leaders rolled out late Monday a $22.2 billion plan to adjust the second year of the current two-year state government spending plan approved last September. The House finance and appropriations committees scheduled meetings Tuesday to consider amendments and take votes so the bill can go to the floor later this week.

The measure offers most teachers and state employees permanent pay increases and one-time bonuses for even more people. The average teacher raise is calculated at 4.1 percent. Rank-and-file state workers would get 2 percent raises and $500 bonuses.

The House plan would also raise standard deductions on income tax over four years.

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