RALEIGH — The Senate Appropriations Committee is going through the new Senate budget plan Tuesday. The proposed adjustment to the current two-year spending plan aims to improve education without raising taxes.

Sen. Phil Berger highlighted the benefits of the proposal Monday. It would restore $158 million to the state’s K through 12 education system, which would have otherwise been cut, and give most state employees a 1.2 percent pay raise. It would also freeze the state’s gas tax.

However, unlike the House’s proposal, it doesn’t include money to make up for the the several hundred million dollars worth of federal stimulus dollars that will end next year.

The Senate could pass its budget and begin negotiations with the House on a compromise this week.