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McCrory takes wraps off $21B NC budget for next year

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RALEIGH, N.C. - The City of Oaks is bustling once again with lawmakers.
    
Wednesday, representatives and senators from all across the state returned to Raleigh for the start of the short session. Priority number one, revisiting the state budget.

9 On Your Side was the only station from the east in Raleigh.

With the start of the short session behind us now, the governor is looking to get the General Assembly's approval of his revised $20.9 billion budget.

Despite shortfalls from the previous year the governor plans to give beginning teachers a 7 percent increase, bringing their salary to $33,000 and $35,000 the following year.
    
Teachers earning more than the base salary will receive raises ranging from 2 to 4 percent.
    
Also on the list to get raises, state employees. They're getting about $1,000 in benefits and salary.
    
Governor McCrory says he's also putting more money away; $50 million, $8 million more than what's required by law.
    
Last year, 90 percent of his proposed budget was accepted by the Republican controlled legislature.
    
McCrory anticipates it to go as smoothly this year.

"We're all going to have to look for ways to reduce spending and look for efficiencies,” said Governor Pat McCrory.

Also of note, teachers from around the state made their presence known. They reminded lawmakers of their power in November if the budget didn't reflect their needs.
    
In the coming weeks this will be a matter of discussion, Senator Berger already indicated the governor will need to negotiate.
    
There's also talk that Medicaid reform won't happen this session.

Some say there's not enough time. The governor is pushing them to take action.
   
Next week he's going on a tour to promote the plan with DHHS secretary Aldonna Wos.
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