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Your neighbors are more concerned with raising teacher pay in North Carolina than tax rates.

That s according to a new survey conducted by Public Policy Polling.

Fifty-four percent of state residents say it s a higher priority for the General Assembly than cutting taxes. Half of voters think educators deserve at least a 5 percent increase.

Most North Carolinians also want to raise the minimum teacher salary to $40,000 per year, while 82 percent of people think they should start at $35,000.

North Carolina ranks 46th in the nation for teacher pay. The state average is $45,737 and the starting average is $30,778.

The poll surveyed voters on other topics, as well including coal ash. Only 10 percent of people say they d support a small raise in their bills to help pay for the clean-up.

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