McCrory signs North Carolina budget changes into law

MONROE, N.C. (AP) -- Gov. Pat McCrory has signed North Carolina budget adjustments for the new fiscal year into law.

He did so Thursday at a ceremony at an elementary school in Union County, southeast of Charlotte.

The General Assembly sent the bill to McCrory two weeks ago on the last day of its annual work session. McCrory's signing was expected -- he never made any public pronouncements against the $22.3 billion plan, which adjusts the second year of the two-year budget approved last year.

The legislature says the measure raises teacher pay by 4.7 percent on average and gives opportunities for third-grade and some high-school teachers to get performance bonuses. Rank-and-file state employees also get a 1.5 percent pay raise and bonuses. There are also income tax cuts through higher standard deductions.

Speaker Tim Moore made the following statement:

“I thank Governor McCrory for his leadership on and assistance with crafting a budget that delivers significant raises to hard-working teachers and state employees and tax cuts for middle class North Carolinians. When he ran for office in 2012 Governor McCrory talked about a “Carolina Comeback” and today, because of his efforts, that talk is now reality.”

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