Senators advance constitutional amendment, reject proposal to focus on teacher pay (video)

State senators  are expected to give final approval this afternoon a constitutional amendment that would have voters decide next year on placing strict limits on future spending while capping the state’s personal income tax rate at five percent.

On Tuesday, Senator Terry Van Duyn sought to amend Senate Bill 607 to hold off on enacting such arbitrary spending limits until North Carolina successfully raised teacher pay to the national average.

But Senator Tom Apodaca used a procedural maneuver to table Van Duyn’s amendment, ending further debate.

Click below to hear Senator Van Duyn speak on the so-called Taxpayer Protection Act.

The Senate convenes today at 2:00pm. If senators approve the measure it would move to the state House for consideration.

Learn more about the impact of SB 607 here.


  1. LayintheSmakDown

    August 12, 2015 at 5:25 pm

    That is a dubious argument. NC needs to have teacher pay that is market for the state or region, not the national average. NC overall is a lower cost place to do business and having the high cost/high unionizationn areas like California and NY influence our pay does not make a bit of sense.

  2. Dan

    August 12, 2015 at 8:11 pm

    I disagree. My experience with NY state (not city) is that the cost of living is not that different overall. It certainly is not twice what it is here (Winston-Salem) which is what a teacher can expect to make in most towns north of NYC. The competition between states is real regardless; one probably need look no further than SC or VA. If we are to look at NC in isolation, the need to increase funding for education (including teacher pay) is still vital.

  3. LayintheSmakDown

    August 14, 2015 at 4:30 pm

    Than maybe go back to NY if it is so great and you can make double? Otherwise, I assume there are other factors than just pay that make someone favor NC or disfavor NC.

    The increase in funding is not essential. In the current progressive dominated era in education, rather than going to the classroom where funds may be able do good we instead get a huge bloat of administrators some making more than eeeevil corporate CEO’s. We get all kinds of pseudo education focused on “diversity”, race and other subjects in lieu of the basics. No, throwing money at the problem is far from a solution.

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