NC Republican legislative leaders announce budget details with 7 percent teacher pay raise

North Carolina House and Senate Republicans have unveiled the details of a budget that gives teachers a 7 percent raise, preserves teacher assistant positions and makes a 1 percent cut to the Medicaid reimbursement rate for health care providers.

House Speaker Thom Tillis and Senate leader Phil Berger announced the budget plan during a news conference on Tuesday.

Republican budget writers say the spending proposal maintains funding for the university system and reforms the pay structure for teachers. It also increases pay for Highway Patrol troopers.

Gov. Pat McCrory has previously said he would veto a budget with a teacher raise over 6 percent. Berger said McCrory still has some concerns but has been updated as the plan has taken shape.

The budget draft is set to be released Wednesday.