c_tonight_514_jpgRALEIGH — A state House committee spent the entire day Tuesday reviewing and amending the House’s state budget proposal. The spending plan was written in large part by Republican leaders in that chamber and includes many of their priorities.

All members got an opportunity to suggest changes and question those priorities, some saying the 2 percent, across-the-board pay raise for teachers and state employees might not be fair.

“So, that person making $20,000 a year in salary gets $400 while that person making $50,000 a year gets $1,000? So that is the way that is going to operate?” said Rep. Mickey Michaux, D-Durham County.

Lawmakers plan to put the amended budget on the House floor for consideration on Wednesday afternoon and plan to pass it on to the Senate by the end of the week.

The house appropriations committee has advanced the budget.  It will go to one more committee before being considered by the full house on Wednesday afternoon.


— Loretta Boniti