|By Lynn Bonner, The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.)|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
House Republicans used the down time to illustrate what they see as the consequences of the state
Elementary schools have big question marks in their staffing plans, unsure how many teacher assistants they'll have. Community college leaders decided Friday to send out tuition bills, even though the cost of courses isn't yet set, and
It's possible the legislature could leave the budget largely untouched and go home for the year, Tillis said. But added the legislature needs to, at least, keep its promise to begin raising the minimum teacher salary.
Tillis, McCrory and
"We have the budget to do that," Tillis said. "I think we're missing an opportunity to even go further if we don't come to a compromise, but I think it's absolutely irresponsible of any member who shared in support of that promise that we made in February to leave
"I think there will be some concern about
With the state budget in limbo,
It will be easier to give refunds of
Most community college classes start on or around
It is routine for legislators to make a lump-sum cut to the
"The more time you have, the better," he said.
The House has scheduled another budget meeting for Monday and may bring in more speakers to talk about the budget proposals.
Public testimony doesn't help negotiations, Brown said, and he was not sure he'd attend.
Senate Republicans walked out of a negotiation session this week during testimony from school superintendents, a principal and a teacher. Senators said public testimony wasn't allowed under the rules.
"If it's going to be a meeting where they can just bring people in to support of their side, that doesn't move us any closer to trying to find a compromise," Brown said.
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