Bill would make it easier for NC teachers to pay back student loans

Rep. Ed Hanes.

It may soon be easier for North Carolina teachers to pay back their student loans.

House Bill 1031 would use revenue from the state lottery windfall to give public school teachers money to put towards their student loans. Qualified teachers would be able to receive up to $10,000.

The bill is sponsored by lawmakers Graig Meyer (D-Orange), Ed Hanes (D-Forsyth), Bobbie Richardson (D-Franklin) and Brad Salmon (D-Harnett).

North Carolina has $38.5 million available from the run of record jackpots in January, they say.

“Why can’t we use these funds to help ease the burden on these public servants?,” Rep. Hanes said. “Why can’t we use it as an opportunity to unite our state behind what is good, what is right?”

In his budget recommendations, Gov. Pat McCrory has allocated that the lottery money be used for school books and resources.

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