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House BudgetThe House voted 103-12 in favor of its $22.22 billion budget that provides an income tax cut and raises for teachers and state employees. Some Democrats said the spending plan, which represents a 2.3 percent increase over the current fiscal year, is too conservative, but it drew more support from minority party legislators than any other budget since Republicans took control in 2011. "I sense a great bipartisan agreement on this budget," said Rep. Nelson Dollar, R-Wake. Teachers would get a pay raise of up to 5 percent, and most other state employees would get a 2 percent raise under the House budget plan. The budget also would increase the standard deduction for personal income taxes by up to $2,000 gradually over a period of four years starting in 2017. House Democratic Leader Larry Hall said the state needs to do more for teachers. "We do not have a discernible plan to get our teachers and our education personnel to or above the national average" in pay, he said. "At this rate, we won't make it there anytime soon. ... We artificially starved ourselves. We have funds available, and we decided not to invest." Rep. Linda Johnson, R-Cabarrus, said the teacher raise represents major progress for the state as it could move North Carolina to 38th in the country in average teacher salaries. "This will be 10 national ranking (improvements) and could secure our plan to move North Carolina equal to or higher than the top average teacher pay in the Southeast," she said. Rep. Mickey Michaux, D-Durham, criticized the budget's use of $300 million to add to the state's rainy day fund. He said the money should have gone toward a bonus for state employees. "It's going to take a whole lot of rain in order to use $1.4 billion," he said, referring to the total amount that would be in the fund. Dollar said adding to savings is a wise move. "Whenever the next recession comes, we need to make sure we have sufficient funds so we're not faced with tax increases or cuts to services," he said. Rep. Marvin Lucas, D-Cumberland, who was among 30 members of his party voting yes, said he still had concerns. "Overall, the document does a lot of good things," he said. "Could we have done better? I think we could." The House plans a final vote on the budget morning to send the bill to the Senate.
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