North Carolina Governor Cooper Meets with Teachers Left Behind by Republican Budget Inaction

Teachers have not gotten a state pay raise this year because Republicans who are taking another week off refuse to negotiate with Governor Cooper

Raleigh, NC (STL.News) North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper was in Asheville Thursday meeting with teachers to talk about the need for a significant teacher pay raise.  These teachers and others have continued to do their jobs with no state pay raise this year even though other state employees have received raises.  Meanwhile, legislative Republicans in Raleigh are taking yet another week off without addressing teacher pay raises.

Governor Cooper’s compromise proposed an 8.5% average teacher pay raise would make North Carolina more competitive with other states and help our state recruit and retain talent.  The legislative Republicans’ miserly teacher pay raise proposal is half of Governor Cooper’s and less than the raise given to other state employees.

The only reason teachers haven’t yet gotten a raise is because Republicans refuse to negotiate by responding to Governor Cooper’s compromise proposal that he shared 94 days ago.  It’s time for Republicans to come to the negotiating table instead of demanding the budget be 100% their way.

It would close the health care coverage gap, raise teacher pay, cut taxes for people and guarantee school construction while balancing the budget and saving money in the Rainy Day Fund.