The proposed budget Gov. Bev Perdue releases tomorrow will include a sales tax increase and an additional $562 million for K-12 schools.
Her proposed budget will total about $20.9 billion. A 3/4-cent sales tax increase is expected to raise $760 million over 11 months, or $850 million a year.
Republican legislative leaders have said repeatedly they do not intend to raise taxes.
Perdue's proposed education budget increase would make up for the loss of $258 million in federal "edu-jobs' money, and reverse the "flex cuts" school districts had to take last year and are built in to next year's budget. The $562 million would pay for 11,000 additional jobs in schools, and would be enough to reduce class sizes in kindergarten through third grades. Total K-12 spending would rise to about $8 billion.
The budget will include a 1.8 percent raise for teachers.
Other proposed education increases include:
$25 million for N.C. Pre-K, which would add up to 4,579 slots.
$53 million for community colleges
$145 million for public universities
The budget will come with the slogan "Investing in Our Future."