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Senate leader says education cuts possible

Posted January 19, 2009

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— A growing budget deficit could force state lawmakers to cut education spending, an idea that previously had been unthinkable, Senate Majority Leader Tony Rand said Monday.

Fiscal analysts have projected the deficit to hit $2 billion, or about 10 percent of the $21 billion budget. Gov. Beverly Perdue has ordered state agencies to cut spending by 7 percent to erase half of the deficit, and she appealed last week to members of the North Carolina congressional delegation and the incoming Obama administration for federal help to erase the rest.

Rand noted that 60 percent of the state budget goes to education, while another 20 percent goes to the Department of Health and Human Services and 10 percent goes to the Department of Correction. Lawmakers would be hard-pressed to cut DHHS or corrections because of the much-publicized problems in state mental hospitals and with the probation system, he said.

Making up the deficit out of the 10 percent of the budget allocated to other programs would be nearly impossible, which could put education cuts on the table, Rand said.

The General Assembly convenes on Jan. 28.

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  • whatusay Jan 22, 2009

    teacher56...you buy school supplies because you want to, not because you have to. This is the same argument with the illegals. They are here and we have to take care of them.

  • whatusay Jan 22, 2009

    I thought the NC Education Lottery was supposed to solve these problems.

  • teacher56 Jan 22, 2009

    This comment is for wa4mjf: unfortunately, the State does not cover the all the necessary items for teaching...teachers supplementing the classroom covers most of what is needed as most parents are lucky to even send their kids to school with pencils! Some schools do not have a supply room filled with paper, markers, erasers, pencils, pens, scissors, whiteboard markers, erasers, copy paper, tagboard, pads, etc. The teachers purchase those materials. Some schools do not have a math manipulative kit so teachers purchase manipulatives to teach Math. Also, some teachers who do not work in WCPSS do not make supplements or make way less than Wake does. Teachers do not need to be supplementing other people's children PLUS give up salary, benefits and other things.

  • pbjbeach Jan 21, 2009

    colliedave
    WHAT YOU ARE SUGGESTING HERE IN YOUR BLOG IS WHAT IS WRONG WITH STATE GOVERNMENT TODAY THEY ARE TRYING TO RUN IT AS IF IT WAS A COPORATION AN NOT FOR IT TO BE RESPONSEIVE TO THE TAXPAYERS OF THE STATE OF NC WHICH IS IN MY OPINION IS TOTALY WRONG. IF MOST BUSINESSES WERE BEING RUN AS IS STATE GOVERNMENT BEING RUN TODAY IT WOULD SURELY GO BANKRUPT AS IS THE STATE IS CLAIMING IT IS IN A DEEP DEFEICT THEY SURELY HAVENT USED BEST MANGAMENT PRACTICES IN THE OPERATION OF STATE GOVERNMENT BECAUSE IF THEY HAD DONE SO THEY WOULD NOT BE BORDERING ON THE DEEP DECEFICTS THAT THEY ARE TODAY . THEY SURELY HAVENT EVEN STOPED TO CONSIDER THERI BOTTOM LINES WITH THE SECESIONS THAT THEY HAVE MADE OVER THE LAST PAST EIGHT YEARS. AN THEY SURELY HAVENT TAKEN IN TO CONSIDERATION ANYTHING THAT JUST MIGHT BE IN THE BEST INSTREST OF THEIR EMPLOYEES. REMEBER HAPPY EMPLOYEE ARE PRODUCTIVE EMPLOYEES. HA' HA' HA' AS IF THEY EVEN CARE WHEATHER OR NOT THEIR EMPLOYEES ARE HAPPY IN THEIR JOBS OR NOT THANKS

  • Bob3425 Jan 21, 2009

    I agree with the administrator taking a pay cut, some of these people make more than the governor does. I would go a step further a require all student parent to provide proof of citizenship, no more free ride to illegals..the exception would be WADE county,let the county raise their taxs, I would not want them to become illegal unfriendly.

  • colliedave Jan 20, 2009

    Bring in some retired executives from Wal-Mart to help make the government more efficent.

  • dplowman Jan 20, 2009

    From what I see coming from the schools into the work force you could cut 50% from the school money and not make any waves.
    This sacred cow has been eating up tax dollors for years and not giving any returns on the money.
    If you can hire a high school graduate that still cannot read and write a budget cut will not make any diff.I am with the oter pearson who said if you cannot decide what to cut give me a call I am pretty good at cutting with all the price hikes lately.

  • inform Jan 20, 2009

    Pay cuts at the higher rates wouldn't have a significant impact. As a state employee, although not in the executive branch, I would be in favor of a temporary 15% reduction in salary for anyone above 30k, including educators. This would be preferable, IMO, than cutting spending in the classrooms. Extrme times call for extreme measures. If we don't act, and act soon, we'll only be left arguing about how to dispose of the corpse.

  • renaizzanceman Jan 19, 2009

    Hey Bev,
    You should learn to set the example. Pay the state back for the lavish ball you threw at our expense. How's that for replinishing the state's coffers?
    I like wcnc's idea of anyone making over $125K taking a 10% cut. Do more than cut out the state travel, sell off all those unused state vehicles I see sitting about downtown and have the state employees start taking public transportation.

  • blueridgerunner Jan 19, 2009

    To the Honorable or not so honorable Tony Rand,
    What happened to the education lottery? Where's all the money that was going to bring in for education?
    May I suggest that you and your illustrious counterpart Basknight and the rest of the State legislature take a pay cut, do away with your travel expenses and start taking a bag lunch to work instead dinning out on the taxpayers.

    While your at it how about doing some real work instead of sitting on your laurels.

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