Thousands of people have been waiting for raises, but no budget has meant no raises. That was until Friday, when Governor Cooper signed raises for state employees into law. They will get back pay going back to July 1, the start of the new fiscal year. Governor Cooper stated

"We appreciate our hardworking state employees across North Carolina.  However, Republicans are insisting that teachers get a smaller pay raise than other state employees. This hurts our efforts to attract and keep highly qualified teachers in every classroom. I urge Republican  legislators to pass a pay raise that doesn’t shortchange teachers."

On Friday, Governor Cooper donated his own wage increase of $3,682 to Donors Choose, which raises money for teacher supplies and projects.

Teachers' raises will be in another bill once the NCGA is back in session after September 9. Read more here.

In other important news about State Employees, more than 59,000 are now eligible for up to eight weeks of fully paid parental leave. This Executive Order took effect on Sunday, September 1. Thanks to Moms Rising for reminding us of the effective date. Read the Executive Order here.

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