NC House wrapping up debate on $21B budget

RALEIGH, N.C. - House Republicans got support from several Democrats for their North Carolina budget plan that would give the largest teacher pay raises in years by tapping into more lottery money.

The $21 billion plan to operate state government for the coming year received initial House approval Thursday night. A final House vote was slated for Friday morning, paving the way for negotiations with Senate Republicans and on their budget next week.

The House budget would raise teacher salaries by 5 percent on average. Most of that money comes from increasing North Carolina Education Lottery profits and lottery advertising.

Rep. Tricia Cotham of Matthews was one of eight Democrats who voted for the plan Thursday. She says the budget isn't perfect but teacher pay increases are very important to her.

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