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McCrory rips heads of NC teachers association for criticizing budget

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North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory ripped the North Carolina Association of Educators on Thursday when he signed the state budget at the Executive Mansion.

Republican leaders have trumpeted 7 percent raises to teachers, but the NCAE has said those numbers are deceiving. One key issue is longevity pay -- the bonuses paid to teachers with 10 or more years of service. The question is whether that money is included in the new budget's overall raise or not.

Mark Jewell,vice president of the NCAE, has criticized the budget. Jewell told WNCN this week, "I think this is exactly what they intended to do. It's putting forth big percentages, numbers that they think are going to help them in this election year."

Comments like that irked McCrory.

“Now I also realize that the head of the current teacher's union continues to criticize this budget, even though his salary, I assume, is much higher than any teacher in North Carolina,” McCrory said.

“I need to also let all state employees and yes our great teachers know this – as governor I also have to be sensitive to the private sector. The private sector employs many in manufacturing and travel and tourism and agriculture and professions, including journalism, who are not getting these types of pay raises, who do not have pensions, who do not have the benefits we have and have never heard of the term ‘longevity pay,' which is still in place in the state of North Carolina.”

McCrory said his goal was to improve the North Carolina economy across the board, and he said his administration had “made tremendous progress.”

“More people are working, less people are on the unemployment rolls and we are adding jobs every day,” McCrory said.

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