N.C. state employees will get raises, Cooper signs bill

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(WNCT) Governor Roy Cooper signed raises for state employees into law on Friday, giving thousands of state employees their pay increases.

This gives 2.5% annual raises to rank-and-file state employees, troopers, correctional officers and State Bureau of Investigation agents.

Correctional officers also would get pay incentives for working in certain prisons.

Lawmakers agree a full budget needs to be passed, but, passing these ‘mini’ budgets is a way to still make progress.

Republican Chris Humphrey serves Pitt and Lenoir counties in the House.

Humphrey says Republicans are still trying to get enough Democrats to help override governor cooper’s veto —- but he says these raises are desperately needed for so many across the state.

Democrat Don Davis serves Pitt and Greene Counties in the Senate.

He agrees — raises are much needed but he’s not sold on the idea of just passing certain parts of the budget.

At the end of the day, Medicaid is still what’s holding up passing the full budget.

Davis said, “I’ve been really advocating and holding out to see us close the coverage gap here, we’re talking over 3200 jobs in health care, 619 million dollars economic boost and another 95,000 enrollees.”

Humphrey said, “Expanding Medicaid is a totally separate issue and I think there are just too many unanswered questions in Medicaid expansion to fully fund it.”

Cooper also vetoed Medicaid transformation, which is what the legislature calls the upcoming transition from fee-for-service to managed care. Medicaid transformation was built into the budget, but this bill separated it into one of the piecemeal budget bills, according to The Charlotte Observer.

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PREVIOUS: RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina General Assembly has sent four state employee and law enforcement pay bills to Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper’s desk.

The measures finalized on Wednesday with House votes are part of a Republican strategy to move portions of the two-year state budget Cooper vetoed in June that are likely to receive broad stand-alone support. Those bills cleared the Senate and the House unanimously.

Cooper hasn’t said whether he’ll sign the legislation, which gives 2.5% annual raises to rank-and-file state employees, troopers, correctional officers and State Bureau of Investigation agents. Correctional officers also would get pay incentives for working in certain prisons.

House Speaker Tim Moore and Senate leader Phil Berger say the legislature will take next week off, then return to move other chunks of the vetoed budget.

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