Governor Cooper released his proposed budget for the biennium this week, which includes a 5% teacher raise for each of the next two years, no increases in taxes or fees, an increase in salary for all state employees, expansion of Medicaid to cover an additional 924,000 citizens, and countless other policy initiatives and funding decisions. While the governor’s budget is a significant policy statement about his priorities, the legislature is responsible for creating the biennial budget and is not required to follow or even take his proposal under consideration. When the Senate produces its proposal, it’s likely to look quite different from what the Governor proposed this week. Read the full report here.