Labor Commissioner Josh Dobson released the following statement regarding this week’s passage of the state budget bill:
“I commend the North Carolina General Assembly for passing the biennial state budget earlier this week, and Governor Cooper for signing the budget into law shortly thereafter. House and Senate leadership, as well as the Governor’s Office, worked diligently over the past several months to come up with a plan that – while not perfect – will ultimately benefit North Carolinians.
I am pleased that the budget provides five percent salary increases to state employees over the next two years and that most employees will receive additional one-time bonuses. Our state employees serve in critical functions across government, and this is the least we can do to show our appreciation. With respect to my department’s budget, the conference report included many of the items we requested including funding for essential operations as well as two new Agricultural Safety and Health Compliance Officers. Ourstate’s agricultural industry relies on migrant farmworkers, and these new inspectors will help ensure those workers live in safe and healthy housing. I appreciate the General Assembly’s and the Governor’s receptiveness to our department’s priorities.”