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U.S. House leaders still hoping for federal funding for state

Posted May 31, 2010

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— Is Congress keeping North Carolina from passing a balanced budget?

Already $757 million short of projections for the 2010-2011 fiscal year, the state planned to fill part of the gap with $500 million in federal stimulus funds – money that the U.S. House of Representatives took out of a federal jobs bill last week, leaving the state scrambling for another plan.

Deeper cuts would devastate education and cripple health and human services, state House and Senate leaders have said. They have predicted that thousands of jobs would be lost.

Democrat U.S. Rep. Brad Miller, of North Carolina's 13th District, supports assisting the states but says he has had to change strategy after a scaled-back version of the bill passed the U.S. House.

The bill, which removed $24 billion in aid to cash-starved states, would continue providing unemployment checks to people out of work more than six months and renew more than 50 tax breaks for individuals and businesses.

With more attention now on the growing national debt, Miller and U.S. Rep. David Price, a Democrat from North Carolina's 4th District, say they remain cautiously optimistic that the states will get additional support.

"I don't think it will be the entire amount," Price said. "I think there are concerns, legitimate concerns, about getting on a more sustainable course."

Timing remains critical.

The state's next fiscal year begins July 1. Price says the additional stimulus money is, at a minimum, still weeks away.

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  • nighttrain2010 Jun 1, 2010

    Ah North Carolina....rest of the world has owned up it can't afford the spend and spend plan which have led to government cutbacks across the board and NC (not to mention most of the rest of the government lackeys in the country as a whole, Dem AND Rep) are still begging at the trough for just 'one more stimulus'. Woo-hoo!!!! David Price is supposedly my representation in Washington. Hey David, sit down, shut up, and quit begging for money!!!!

    Take it all away. Every penny, nickel, dime, or dollar. Put it back into the pockets of the taxpayers. I work and I haven't seen squat in 'stimulus' and I don't want to (except for one 'renewing America' sign on the side of I85 this weekend which I know was a signpost for a project wasting more money).

    How about NC cut BACK instead of begging to balance a budget. I have to balance my home budget, I can't go begging to the taxpayers for more money. Fiscal conservatism Bev!! Try it!!

  • Mustange Jun 1, 2010

    If yuor unemployed BP hiring for clean up 15.00 to 30.00 dollars an hour. Plenty of work to be done !!!

  • superman Jun 1, 2010

    Help out the unemployed and forget about the tax breaks. People who are working and making money can pay the taxes. No more tax breaks--no more tax breaks.

  • ratherbnnc Jun 1, 2010

    Please stop looking for other people to bail us out of the debt you have created. Over spending and lack of fiscal control will make NC dependent on the federal government forever. Reel in the ignorant politicians that want to continue down the past of bankrupty. Who keeps re-electing these people??
    whatusay

    Not sure where you are getting your info from, But the shortage is not due to debt or overspending. It is due to lack of money from the federal govt.The US Census is taken every 10 years not only for population count, but it determines how much federal money the state is allocated according to population and needs.
    We have always depending on federal money for their share. The state has their share, its the feds that dont..

  • pappy1 Jun 1, 2010

    Take the money...give even more control of our State over to the criminals in The Beltway

  • pbjbeach Jun 1, 2010

    If the state of north carolina would put an end to the fraud an waste an abuse of the taxpayers funding within the NCDOT in the form of give aways to the highways contracting industry in this state in with the issuance of it highways contracts an actualy make them do what they are legaly contracted to do in the first place an provide the citizens of this state wiith the quality of highway construction work that they are suppose to be provide for the moneys that are being paid out to the an not the sorrry quality of non speceficiation work that they have in the past years been allowed to get away with passing off as quality work. then just perhaps the roads in this state would be greatly improved an the contractors wouldnt have to keep repairing an fixing up their originally messed up work . this fix in an of it's self would in my personnel opinion help to alleavate the short fall of revenues to the state of north carolina there needs to be a quick reregulation of the highways contract

  • Weaker Pelosi Jun 1, 2010

    Just look at the proposed state budget, and the silly programs in DHHS/waste, and it will make you want to puke.

  • whatusay Jun 1, 2010

    Please stop looking for other people to bail us out of the debt you have created. Over spending and lack of fiscal control will make NC dependent on the federal government forever. Reel in the ignorant politicians that want to continue down the past of bankrupty. Who keeps re-electing these people??

  • raggy116 May 31, 2010

    I agree spend spend spend its time to cut out all of the fat.

  • lweaton May 31, 2010

    STOP SPENDING MONEY!!!

    We don't have anymore.

    Period.