Gov. Pat McCrory released the following statements on Tuesday about whether any progress had been made on a standoff over the newest state budget proposal:
“Earlier today we had positive dialogue with Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger and House Speaker Thom Tillis during a meeting at the Executive Mansion. However, we continue to have objections concerning the elimination of thousands of teacher assistants as well as cuts to core state services, including programs for the elderly, disabled and Alzheimer’s patients.
“During our luncheon, we presented the option to allow local school districts flexibility to provide teacher raises and fund teacher assistants. We’re encouraged that both Speaker Tillis and Senate Education Chairman Jerry Tillman publicly indicated their willingness to consider this proposal. We look forward to further dialogue with the House and Senate.”
More from Carolina Public Press’s Raleigh bureau on the impact of the state budget on Western North Carolina may be found here.