RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper's budget proposal would increase North Carolina state government spending by $1.1 billion next year while giving teachers and state employee raises, reducing waiting lists for pre-kindergarten programs and expanding Medicaid.
Cooper released his two-year plan Wednesday. It would increase spending by more than 5 percent compared to the current budget on the books and approved by Republican lawmakers. As expected, the new governor wants average teacher raises of 5 percent annually. Most state employees next year would get raises equal to 2 percent or $800, whichever is greater.
The governor wants to reinstate a tax credit for child and dependent care expenses that GOP legislators eliminated. And Cooper wants to revive a tax credit for film and TV productions.
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