Governor McCrory signed a $21.735 billion state budget that supports his agenda as proposed in his State of the State address and in his budget proposal submitted in March 2015.
Among the specifics that Governor McCrory cited include fully funding Teacher Assistant positions, increasing the starting pay for teachers to $35,000 a year, fully funding Drivers Education across the state and increasing support for mental health services.
Additionally, the tax reform included in this budget and previous budgets since the governor took office will save hard-working North Carolina taxpayers an estimated $4.4 billion through fiscal year 2017-18.
Other provisions in the budget that were included in the governor’s proposal include:
- Funding the School Connectivity Initiative to bring broadband access to all K-12 schools
- Eliminating transfers from the Highway Fund to the General Fund to ensure that the money is spent on roads and infrastructure
- Restoring Historic Tax Credits
- Providing funds to improve the State Medical Examiner system and electronic records
- Funding for mental health beds at Central Prison in Raleigh
- In-state tuition for veterans
- Restoring the medical tax deduction
- Increasing the state rainy day fund to $1 billion
- Stabilization funding for East Carolina University’s Brody School of Medicine
- Funding improvements to community colleges across the state
- Funding for the Innovation to Jobs initiative
- Improved salary plan for Corrections Officers based on risk
- Increasing government efficiency by a new Department of Military and Veterans Affairs and a new Department of Information and Technology
- Reorganizing the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources and the Department of Environmental Quality by consolidating the management of all state parks and attractions under one agency
- Investing in additional textbooks and digital resources
- Funding summer enrollment for Community Colleges
- Increasing funding for the state’s court system
- Funding additional crime lab positions and testing
- Investing in port modernization