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Young Dems call for temp tax to avoid education cuts

Posted June 2, 2011

At their lobby day Thursday, the Young Democrats of NC held a press conference to call on the GOP to keep a one-cent temporary sales tax.

YDNC President Sam Spencer derided Republican leaders for "fuzzy math" and "false austerity," pointing to recent polls that show most NC voters would support keeping the temporary taxes for another year to avoid deep cuts to education and health care.

"One cent makes sense," said Spencer, noting that the sales tax would disproportionately affect young people who don't pay much in property or income taxes. Still, he said, “We are the ones who stand to lose the most from decision that attack our fundamental rights.” YDNC Presser Young Dems call for temporary tax extension

"After a century of Democratic progress, two years of Republican control are not a mandate - they are an anomaly," Spencer said. "Republicans in the North Carolina House and Senate should recognize that North Carolina’s priorities – education and job creation – didn’t change when they took control of the General Assembly." 

Watch the whole press conference at right.

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  • thewadsworth Jun 7, 2011

    The budget starts with cuts at the TOP, and what is wrong with that? We have too many superintendents, too many assistant principals, too many this and that....all at the central office. It works to KEEP teachers K-12. What is wrong with that? We have to make cuts. We don't have jobs, we have to pay taxes and pay for all of these positions, and we JUST CAN'T. We do not have the money. Get that through your heads. NO MONEY. We have to make cuts everywhere...and it has to happen.

  • ga2nc36bm Jun 6, 2011

    people keep complaining about were paying the lowest per student in the nation- but most of our nc taxpayers are also getting some of the lowest paychecks in the nation

  • sowhat Jun 5, 2011

    The majority of teachers work extremely hard, spend hundreds of dollars out of their own pockets buying materials to help students learn, and spend their leisure time grading papers and creating lesson plans. What do most people do on Saturday and Sunday-relax. Most teachers are doing schoolwork. And some kids make HUGE academic gains during the school year but still cannot pass the EOG. Students who can barely speak English must take the EOG. Then the icing on the cake for the teacher who has taught his/her heart out all year is to hear constant teacher bashing. There is no respect for the job teachers do anymore. You all had someone teach you how to read and write didn't you? I can assure you we are not all just sitting around each day while students climb the walls. Before anyone ever makes a negative comment about teachers, assistants or schools in general, I urge you to spend a few days volunteering in a classroom. Then I might be interested in your comments.

  • sowhat Jun 4, 2011

    "WITH SO MANY SORRY TEACHERS WHY PUMP MORE MONEY INTO A HOLE" When was the last time you were in a NC classroom? I am tired of all the teacher-bashing that goes on these days by people who have never so much as volunteered in a classroom for one day trashing teachers. You have no idea what it is like to teach your heart out and have your students make huge academic growth but still fail the EOG. Did you know that students who can barely speak English still have to take the EOG? Maybe that was a lousy teacher in that Greenville classroom, but don't bash all teachers because the majority of them work their tails off and they don't do it for the money. Teachers work on lesson plans and grade papers at night and on the weekends while others are relaxing. They spend hundreds of dollars out of their own pockets on their students and classrooms. Then everywhere they turn, they are mocked, ridiculed, bashed, and given even less money to teach with while academic expectations increase.

  • marybushnell Jun 4, 2011

    Absolutely what the Legislature needs to do! Difficult times call for extraordinary solutions....We are already PAYING this tax - Why lose all those jobs and set education back two generations for the sake of a penny sales tax! It's the only RESPONSIBLE and COMPETENT thing to do!

  • edith wharton Jun 3, 2011

    Good for these young people for speaking up for their generation. If only lots of people my age had been as engaged when we were their ages, we might not have allowed things to evolve as they have. Taxes are at a historical low, people. Check your history!

  • jfreud Jun 3, 2011

    It has never been the case that someone could expect to make a profit without 1st making an investment. Why do we expect so much from our education system yet fail to properly fund it? North Carolina spends very little compared to other states and with this budget we will spend even less, just at the bottom. With this level of funding things will only get worse.

    We are not "Taxed Enough Already," we are making the wrong investments decisions. And we are leaving important investment decisions up to mediocre minds who are informed by fools.

  • Jun 3, 2011

    Teachers need accountability...performance evaluation to keep their jobs. They also need to be able to rule with an "iron fist" in the classroom.

  • stanmak Jun 3, 2011

    those are the sames ones that protested right?

  • richardh Jun 3, 2011

    WITH SO MANY SORRY TEACHERS WHY PUMP MORE MONEY INTO A HOLE, IN ONE GREENVILLE CLASSROOM OUT OF 22 STUDENTS ONLY 2 PASSED THE EOG EXAM, THE TEACHER AND TEACHERS AID SHOULD BE FIRED ON THE SPOT, IM SURE THIS HAS BEEN REPEATED IN ALOT OF SCHOOLS AND CLASSROOMS AROUND THE STATE, SEND THE TEACHERS BACK TO SCHOOL, SO THEY CAN LEARN TO TEACH THE BASICS....