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Raleigh’s News & Observer joins the growing list of voices to condemn the state House’s decision to attempt squeeze more money out of the vulnerable by increasing lottery advertising efforts to raise teacher pay:

“What’s next for Republican leaders of the state House? It’s a tantalizing question because their ideas, or perhaps that should be notions, about what to do to raise teacher pay are truly strange.

Sorry, but it’s hard to take seriously the House’s pay hike plan for teachers. The House’s proposed budget would give teachers about 5 percent more by boosting advertising for the state lottery. The idea is that more advertising will lure more people into the games, and their losses will become the teachers’ gain.

How is Speaker Thom Tillis going to address other revenue shortfalls? A rabbit out of the hat maybe? Or perhaps he’ll charge for a traveling stage show wherein he saws Gov. Pat McCrory in half.

A good many Republicans and Democrats seemed to be doing a double-take when it came out that the lower chamber’s budget figured to bump lottery advertising to 2 percent of sales instead of 1 percent. With more marketing, officials figure, the lottery would bring in substantially more money. The last fiscal year figure for net proceeds was about $480 million.”

Read the rest of the editorial by clicking here.

Rep. Deborah Ross leaves the NC House this weekend to become the general counsel with the Triangle Transit Authority.

The six-term lawmaker joins us on News & Views with Chris Fitzsimon Sunday to discuss the state budget, school vouchers, and offer a bit of advice to the current legislative leadership:

“The more that a legislator focuses on making the institution better, the better the state is. I just caution the current majority that the more they think about themselves, the less they are thinking about North Carolina,” said Rep. Ross.

To hear an excerpt from the radio interview, click below.

Former House member Grier Martin will succeed Ross.
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