• Poll: 54 percent of voters say raise teacher pay over cutting taxes


    RALEIGH, N.C. - North Carolina leaders are getting a lot of support from voters who said pay raises are a top priority.

    The new public policy poll is out just as Gov. Pat McCrory released a spending plan that focuses on teacher raises.

    Fifty-four percent of voters who took the survey said they would rather see teacher pay raise in the budget, instead of cutting taxes.

    Voters also want to see starting salary raised.

    The majority, or 30 percent, said it should be bumped up to $40,000.

    Starting salary right now is less than $31,000.

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