Raleigh, NC — North Carolina lawmakers recently announced additions to the state budget including school safety initiatives as part of a comprehensive plan to increase the protection of students in the classroom, as well as significant pay raises termed “living wage minimum” for state employees.
“We are focused not only on immediate needs to protect our children from attackers, but preventing crises from arising with a proactive approach,” said Rep. David Lewis (R-Harnett), a co-chair of the state House Select Committee on School Safety.
According to the legislative press release, there will be more mental health opportunities, better preparation for threats, and more resource officers in school across the state.
Thanks to Republican-led economic initiatives, North Carolina will generate its fourth consecutive revenue surplus this year, which will make it possible for the upcoming budget to direct over $200 million in additional funding for state employee wage increases.
“North Carolina is continuing to increase compensation for our valued state employees including teachers, principals, state troopers, and correctional officers to attract, retain, and reward the very best public workforce in the nation,” said senior House appropriations chairman Rep. Nelson Dollar (R-Wake.)
Speaker Moore’s website reports that most state employees will receive a two percent pay raise with larger increases for State Highway Patrol troopers, correctional officers, and those in lower-paid positions. Retired state workers will receive a one percent cost-of-living supplement.