Bait & switch for teachers, McCrory style

A chicken in every pot, unless those nasty wolves snatch it away:

Gov. Pat McCrory presented a package of education spending proposals Tuesday that included a 5 percent average teacher pay raise and bonuses that would average 3.5 percent. Unlike the 2014 event, McCrory made Tuesday’s announcement without legislative leaders and other lawmakers who focus on education in attendance. It is unclear whether leading Republican lawmakers support McCrory’s plan.

Senate leader Phil Berger’s and House Speaker Tim Moore’s offices did not respond to questions. In January, Moore said teacher raises were likely to be in the 2 percent range.

This is all getting so tiresome. McCrory makes promises the Legislature has no intention of honoring (roads, bridges and broadband), giving them both plausible deniability when those promises evaporate into thin air. Kabuki theatre at its finest. And of course the timing is suspect as well:

Logan Smith, communications director for Progress NC Action, a group critical of McCrory, said the news conference was McCrory’s failed attempt at a distraction, coming as it did on the day PayPal announced it had canceled plans to expand in Charlotte because of the law.

“He has these election year gimmicks,” Smith said. “He needs something to change the conversation.”

Yep, that's exactly what he's trying to do, but it won't work.

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