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N.C. has budget, averts shutdown

June 30, 2003
Economics and FinanceState & LocalWorkforce
Sharif Durhams and Mark Johnson
The Charlotte Observer

Legislators forestall veto by authorizing governor to shift funds if revenues fall short

The budget includes money to expand a prekindergarten program Easley supports and expands the governor’s plan to hire more second-grade teachers statewide. The budget provides 1.8 percent pay increases for teachers — with additional money for teacher bonuses — and more money for community college and university instructors.