As the Senate prepares to vote on its budget, new worries about vouchers, pay for seasoned teachers (video)

The Senate’s $21.5 billion budget will be before the full chamber Wednesday. The proposed spending plan, introduced on Monday, would increase teacher pay by four percent on average, but it would also cut more than 8,500 teacher assistant positions over the biennium.

The budget bill is also heavy on policy – including Medicaid reform and a lowering of the individual income tax rate from 5.75 percent to 5.5 percent.

This weekend on News & Views with Chris Fitzsimon, we sit down with Senator Mike Woodard, who notes shortcomings in the education part of the Senate’s budget document  – specifically the raises for veteran teachers, and the additional taxpayer dollars earmarked for private-school vouchers.

Click below for a preview of Senator Woodard’s radio interview with NC Policy Watch.

The Senate convenes at 11:00 a.m. today. The leadership hopes to have passed the 500-plus-page spending plan by end of this week.

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