Bonuses for state employees, teachers in NC will arrive in time for the holidays

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State employees and teachers will get a holiday gift from the government this month: $1,000 bonuses in their December paychecks.

The bonuses will arrive in the paychecks of tens of thousands of state workers on the first day of winter: Dec. 21.

The bonuses are part of the state budget passed by the General Assembly and signed into law by Gov. Roy Cooper before Thanksgiving. Workers who will receive the bonuses are full-time state employees and local education employees.

Retroactive raises and other additional bonuses for some state workers and educators are still in the works, according to the Office of State Human Resources. No date has been determined for when workers will see that money.

Jill Warren Lucas, spokesperson for the Office of State Human Resources, said because of the early payroll deadline due to the holidays, checks will be issued on Dec. 21 for both employees who are paid monthly and those paid bi-monthly.

A House Republican staffer told reporters the day the budget passed that January is the goal for all the raises and bonuses to show up in paychecks. So the $1,000 bonuses just in time for Christmas are, well, a bonus.

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