NCGA GOP stalwarts are trying to frame the narrative that Gov. Cooper and NCGA Senate Democrats placed teachers on the chopping block because they upheld a veto on what was presented as a 3.9% average raise in teacher salaries.
And that narrative is a gross misinterpretation of the reality.
On the surface, what Berger & Co. are presenting to the public is that teachers now will not get a 3.9% average raise.
But many people forget that when budgets are written for the state, they are biennial budgets: two-year budgets. When teachers are said to be getting a 3.9% pay raise in “this budget,” it means it is over a two-year period. That “full” raise is not occurring immediately. Plus, any budget can be amended in a future session to offset anything passed in this past summer.
Now, consider this:
Step increases based on seniority according to that tweet above are also part of the “raises.” The issue is that those step increases have already passed in a mini-budget bill this past fall.
Lawmakers in the Senate Thursday passed what’s known as step increases for teachers.
It’s basically a bonus. For each year you’ve been a teacher, you’ll get about a $100 step increase up until a certain point but some are worried it’s not enough.
Lawmakers have been passing these ‘mini budgets’ since Governor Cooper vetoed the full budget, months ago.
That makes that whole narrative of leaving a 3.9% raise on the table even more misleading.
What Cooper and Senate Democrats vetoed was based on the last graphic there.