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GREENSBORO, N.C. — Many gathered at the N.C. Bankers Association to hear Gov. Pat McCrory speak Tuesday.

McCrory said he’s hoping to have more information about potential veteran teacher salary increases in the next two months.

In February, a plan was unveiled by McCrory and legislative leaders that would raise the starting salary for teachers to $35,000 over the course of two years.

New teachers would see a bump of $2,200 next school year, raising base pay from $30,800 annually to $33,000. The starting salary would jump again in 2015, up to $35,000.

It was announced that educators who have worked in the state more than a decade, however, will not see a pay raise yet.

McCrory pointed out that the recent snow storms impacted both income and spending, make state budget a little unsure.

McCrory also addressed the recent coal ash spill in Eden, saying one of the most disturbing aspects of the spill is that the infrastructure under these ponds is unknown.

He says he’s demanded immediate action and an immediate plan.

“Frankly, they should have had a plan a long time ago,” McCrory said.

McCrory says there should be a long-term energy plan in place for North Carolina. He says we “have to have safe, reliable low-cost power.”