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McCrory Criticizes Senate On Budget Talks

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Gov. Pat McCrory has criticized the North Carolina Senate for failing to bridge a budget impasse on education and walking out on education leaders during negotiations.


The governor made the comments Wednesday during a meeting of his education cabinet.


Senate Republicans walked out of a budget meeting after the House asked educators to speak at the meeting. McCrory said that the Senate should be listening to educators, not walking out on them. He said he's disappointed in the Senate and isn't concerned about agitating them, adding that he needs to stand up for North Carolinians.


The Senate's budget includes an 11 percent teacher raise, but makes cuts in funding for teacher's assistants and to Medicaid to pay for it.


McCrory called the raise unrealistic and unsustainable long-term.


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