MOREHEAD CITY, CARTERET COUNTY - Gov. Pat McCrory was in Morehead City Monday and threw the ceremonial first pitch in the 2014 Coastal Plain League All-Star Game at Big Rock Stadium.
But before the game, Gov. McCrory sat down with NewsChannel 12 to talk about state issues.
The governor said he was optimistic about getting a budget deal done this week, but he said in no way would he support cutting more than 3,000 teacher assistant jobs.
"Most of the House package as it stands at the moment was most of what I proposed except for now, another two percent or three percent increase. So I've moved from a three percent raise to a six percent raise but I'm doing it again without cutting teachers assistants," Gov. McCrory explained.
He also talked about moving the State Bureau of Investigation from the Attorney General's Office to the Department of Public Safety.
"I anticipate that bill being passed and the main thing I want to do is keep the politics out of the SBI. I have no interest in any political involvement in the SBI and the Department of Public Safety head is a former SBI agent who will have total control over that," said Gov. McCrory.
To hear more of the interview with Gov. McCrory, watch the video above.
Gov. Pat McCrory will be in Morehead City Monday to attend the 2014 Coastal Plain League All-Star Game at Big Rock Stadium.
He is expected to arrive 6:30 P.M.
The first pitch is at 7:15 P.M. General tickets are $10.
The 16th annual game is part of the Coastal Plain League's three-day event featuring a 5K run, All-Star Fan Fest, All-Star Home Run Derby, and a major league scout day.
The Coastal Plain League is a summer league made up of college players from all over the country. This is its 18th season.