Rep. Mark Brody shares some of the happenings in Raleigh over the past month.
Short Session ends
July was a busy month in Raleigh for Rep. Brody and his colleagues as they worked to wrap up the Legislative Short Session. One of the most important pieces of legislation that was passed in the short session was the $21.25 billion dollar budget.
The budget will provide public school educators an average 7-percent raise— averaging $3,500 per teacher. The $282 million investment will be the largest teacher pay raise in state history — moving North Carolina from 46th to 32nd in national teacher pay rankings.
It will also preserve teacher assistant positions, protect classroom funding and continue to give superintendents broad flexibility to tailor classroom spending to their districts’ needs.
In addition to the teacher pay raise and preservation of classroom funds, the budget will:
- Reform and replace an archaic 37-step teacher pay system with a six-step schedule and a transparent compensation package;
- Preserve current Medicaid eligibility;
- Provide most state employees a $1,000 pay raise and five bonus vacation days;
- Increase pay for step-eligible Highway Patrol Troopers between five and six percent;
- Maintain funding at current levels for the state’s university system; and
- Fulfill the commitment to extend supplemental pay for teachers with Master’s degrees who have completed at least one course in a graduate program as of Aug. 1, 2013.
The budget will also boost early-career teacher pay by 14 percent over the next two years to $35,000— making North Carolina a leader in the Southeast and fulfilling a promise made by state leaders in February.
If you would like further information about the budget, please contact our office.
Rep. Brody attended the grand opening of Carolinas HealthCare System — Anson on July 12. He was a guest speaker and participated in the community festivities for the grand opening of the state-of-the-art Emergency Center.
- Marshville town hall meeting
- Waxhaw town hall meeting
- Swearing-in ceremony of Monroe Chief Bryan Gilliard at SPCC
- Waxhaw 4th of July parade
- Unionville 4th of July parade
Office of Representative Mark Brody
District 55, Anson & Union County
2219 Legislative Building- Raleigh, NC
Raleigh office: 919-715-3029
District office: 704-575-5906
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