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Two groups begin voter education effort on NC budget

Posted March 15, 2012

— Two conservative-leaning organizations have started what they call a voter education effort to highlight what they say are good things in the Republican-written budget for North Carolina state government.

The Americans for Prosperity Foundation and John William Pope Civitas Institute unveiled Thursday the "NC Real Solutions" initiative, which includes radio and television ads and a web site.

Foundation state director Dallas Woodhouse said his group plans to spend $500,000 over the next month on the effort that attempts to combat what he calls lies about the budget.

"The critics of this legislature have gone across this state and just told whoppers of inaccuracies of tens of thousands of teachers laid off, which has just absolutely been untrue," Woodhouse said.

The ad running in most major North Carolina TV markets says the budget lowered taxes and hired more state-funded teachers. Democrats argue the budget slashed spending on health care and the environment and forced local school districts to eliminate thousands of jobs.

Brian Lewis, government relations manager for the North Carolina Association of Educators, said the ad doesn't give a true picture of classroom cuts. More than 500 teachers and 1,200 teaching assistants have been laid off statewide, he said.

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Online:

NC Real Solutions: http://ncrealsolutions.com/

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  • lovelarvae Mar 16, 2012

    I'm guessing the word "education" is being used loosely in this case, as I'm sure there will be just as much or more misinformation in these 'conservative' ads than what they say they are trying to counter.

  • Barely Mar 16, 2012

    I find it funny that WRAL would not have found this subject even worth mentioning had Democrats been doing the same thing... which they have.

  • whatelseisnew Mar 16, 2012

    "Democrats argue the budget slashed spending on health care and the environment and forced local school districts to eliminate thousands of jobs."

    If we actually ever operated under a correct budget we would be lowering taxes significantly and paying off the State debt, and fully funding the State employee retiree benefits program. The Republicans made some minor progress on the budget, but they came no where close to getting it down to where it should be.

    As to teachers, when will there be pressure to raise their productivity? Massive change is needed in the public system to enable fewer teachers to produce much better results.

  • rasengineers Mar 16, 2012

    This is a classic case of the pot calling the kettle black. While the critics of the Republican legislature may not be exactly truthful,the Art Pope funded organizations mentioned in the article are nothing more than right wing propoganda machines.

  • josephlawrence43 Mar 16, 2012

    500 teachers and 1200 teacher assistants ?? Is that all...Wonder why nobody mentions that, even in good budget years, something like 4,000 teachers/teachers assts.on average leave the state system due to retirements, moving to other professions, leaving the state, etc. Liberals/leftists just want to try and hang on to whatever power they can any way they can//

  • LambeauSouth Mar 16, 2012

    I wish they had a "Opt out" for these types of advertisements

    kinda like a do not call button on your remote