RALEIGH – This morning Gov. Pat McCrory signed the $21.735 billion state budget. It passed the Senate on Wednesday and passed the House just after midnight Friday morning. McCrory openly supported the compromise budget agreement, saying that it is in step with his priorities outlined in his State of the State speech earlier this year.
“The budget submitted to me by the General Assembly includes many of the goals and ideas we put forward to provide the tools North Carolina needs to continue what we have accomplished during the past three years,” McCrory said in a statement Friday morning. “Now we can work together to implement a common-sense vision for our great state that includes job creation, education, healthcare and transportation.”
High on McCrory’s list of priorities was full funding for teacher assistants, along with raises for entry-level teachers, Highway Patrol Officers and corrections officers. He also promoted better resources for mental health units in prisons and more funding for textbooks and digital connectivity in schools. The budget also cuts personal income taxes by four percent and raises the amount a family of four can earn tax-free by $500.