Dems: No job plan in McCrory's budget

Posted March 20, 2013

— Legislative Democrats say Gov. Pat McCrory's $20.6 billion budget proposal is a flop when it comes to jobs, schools and rural communities.

"It does nothing to create jobs and grow our economy, and at the same time, it continues to cut education," House Minority Leader Larry Hall said at a midday news conference. 

Hall blasted the governor's proposal to cut $117 million in funding for teaching assistants in second and third grades and $142 million from the University of North Carolina system, while spending $52 million to repeal the estate tax, which currently applies to only the 23 wealthiest estates in North Carolina.

"This budget is really a smokescreen for an assault on the middle-class," said Hall, D-Durham. "Balancing this tax break on the backs of our working families is not the way to go forward in North Carolina." 

Democrats also voiced concerns about proposed cuts to the Rural Center, which would lose more than half of its funding, and to Golden LEAF, which would lose $65 million dollars – its entire annual payout from the national tobacco litigation settlement.

Both programs are aimed at promoting economic development and infrastructure in the state's rural areas.  

Proposed cuts to Medicaid reimbursement rates for hospitals would also hit rural areas hard, as would cuts to community colleges and the closure of five prisons statewide, eliminating nearly 700 jobs. 

"This budget eliminates jobs in North Carolina and cuts resources," said Senate Minority Leader Martin Nesbitt. "They need to replace those jobs with economic development."

"I don't see where he's putting anything back. I don't see a job creation plan in here," said Nesbitt, D-Buncombe.

Nesbitt also pointed out that the governor's budget makes permanent the $400 million in "negative reserve" cuts to public schools while adding even more cuts on top of them.

"The cuts are much deeper than they appear on the surface," he cautioned. 

He said it's ironic that the state just shelled out more than $90 million to bring MetLife jobs to Cary and Charlotte, while the governor's plan would cut $75 million for rural job creation. 

Meanwhile, the state's unemployment rate ticked upward last month to 9.5 percent, well above the national average of 7.9 percent.

"This happened under the Republican-controlled legislature," Nesbitt said. "What we've got to do is stop all the one-liners and figure out why we're going backward on job creation in this state."


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  • beaupeep Mar 21, 2013

    So, Chemist, we should balance the budget on the backs of 23 people? Half of whom are probably farmers who are land rich and dollar poor. You realize they end up losing their family farms over this, right? But they're "evil" rich, right? All 23 of them.

  • Chemist18 Mar 21, 2013

    It's pretty clear that he doesn't plan a second term, he just wants to help his pals

    while spending $52 million to repeal the estate tax, which currently applies to only the 23 wealthiest estates in North Carolina.

    He wants a two class system, the rich and everybody else.

  • sunshine1040 Mar 20, 2013

    We really need to give raises to those at the college and university that give credit for a class not taught or for a luxury trip to Europe taken by the Easlys it is time for the 42 percent of us that actually pay taxes to stop supporting the rest of the state

  • wildlifeprocessing Mar 20, 2013

    Thankfully, we have a legislature in place that realizies you can not spend your way out of debt. Programs have to be cut to get this economy back on track. Most middle class people take care of themselves do not complain when programs are cut. Only the ones that are dependant on being propped up indefinitely cry foul when these programs are cut. Hence the democrat voter base. Thankfully, we have Republicans in charge that will make the right decisions and not worry about what a few of the noncontributors think. If only we had the same legislature in Washington!!!

  • rlee1117 Mar 20, 2013

    There will be teaching jobs because all the good teachers are going to quit and move to a state where they are paid better and respected.

    If that was true they would have gone before now with no raises, I see this makes 2 years they got a raise.

  • rlee1117 Mar 20, 2013

    The United States has a president not a governor.

    I think the topic here was about our Governor. So we did not have a Governor From 2004-2012?

  • Nancy Mar 20, 2013

    Great to see he's keeping spending within the revenue income, quite a difference than before where fed benefits were signed up for with no plan to pay them back.

  • WooHoo2You Mar 20, 2013

    Obviously you missed the NATIONAL and following GLOBAL economic COLLAPSE in 2008....but the sun still orbits NC right? WooHoo2You

    So who was our Governor again was my question?- rlee1117

    The United States has a president not a governor.

  • Terkel Mar 20, 2013

    "Both programs are aimed at promoting economic development and infrastructure in the state's rural areas." (Leaf and Rural Dev)

    But what did they DO?

  • WooHoo2You Mar 20, 2013

    Man, the Liberal Drama Queens are really having a fit over McCrory. What will they do when he succeeds? Credit Obama?- Ripcord

    Say "smoke and mirrors"....helps you sleep at night everyday the nation succeeds!!!!