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Increasing teacher pay this session? House member wants raise for legislators too

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Rep. Robert Brawley

An Iredell County Republican legislator has filed a bill that would increase the pay of members of the General Assembly to $36,000 a year starting with the 2015 legislative session.

Rep. Robert Brawley and his colleagues in the House currently earn an annual salary of $13,951 with a monthly expense allowance of $559.

Brawley’s bill comes as legislators consider Governor McCrory’s budget proposal to give seasoned teachers a two percent raise, with the base pay for new teachers increasing to $35,000 over the next two years.

Brawley also filed legislation Wednesday that would allow each county to increase property taxes by one-cent for teacher compensation.

(Policy Watch readers may recall that it was last session that Rep. Brawley introduced legislation to once again allow legislators and legislative employees to accept gifts from lobbyists.)

WRAL.com reports why it’s unlikely either of his latest bills will see much traction this session.

And Brawley will not be back in 2015 to represent House District 95. He recently lost in his party’s primary to challenger John Fraley.

To read House Bill 1176 (Increase Legislator Pay) click here, and here for House Bill 1177 (Property Tax For Teacher Compensation).

2 Comments

  1. Michelle

    May 21, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    Mr Brawley,
    I was actually sad to see you go! After reading this I have changed my mind. Take everything away from our teachers and give yourselves double pay raise? You have got to be kidding right? It sounds like this turnover will be a good thing for NC.
    Thanks for your service but it’s time for a change!

  2. Albert

    May 21, 2014 at 9:22 pm

    So, a salary increase of more than 100% as a reward for what exactly? At the expense of reaping education? What this stand up comic should do is man up and give up his monthly salary so teachers can have a decent and modest income.