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Perdue keeps pressing for tax increase for schools

Posted March 29, 2012

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— Gov. Beverly Perdue on Thursday resumed her public lobbying for a sales tax increase to generate more money for North Carolina's public schools.

Perdue praised members of the North Carolina Association of School Administrators for navigating school districts through three years of difficult state budget cuts. Still, she said, another round of cuts expected for 2012-13 would be too much for schools to absorb.

The governor plans to ask lawmakers to approve a temporary 0.75-cent increase in the state sales tax rate, which she said would raise an estimated $750 million for education.

"I believe our children are worth a fraction of a cent. I've done the polling myself – I've seen the polling data from throughout the state – and the people of North Carolina believe the children are worth a fraction of a cent," she said. "This should not be a political argument. This should be a policy decision that benefits the future workforce of this state."

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Republican legislative leaders say they won't consider raising taxes for any reason, calling Perdue's proposal "dead on arrival."

Perdue isn't seeking re-election this fall. She said she made that decision so she could fight for education funding without being accused of playing politics.

The leading Democratic candidates to succeed her, Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton, former Congressman Bob Etheridge and Orange County Rep. Bil Faison, have expressed support for raising taxes for education, while the top Republican candidate, former Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory, said he doesn't support a tax increase.

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  • gtstallings45 Mar 30, 2012

    Public education is probably not a failure for a milque toast child who would do well anywhere. Public education is a failure for children who need more or those who need less. I would offer that the children who really benefit from public school are tomorrow's middle managers. Not the leaders, not the innovators, nor the prison inmates. If your child is average s/he will excel in public school, in fact would excel in any environment. This tiny increase is not going to help the students who need it most. Let's raise the sales tax two pennies and then create a lottery for the children who really need something from the public schools and see if we can improve education. The one thing for certain that will not improve a child's education is the teacher or school administrator being given a raise or salary step increase.

  • jhampton Mar 30, 2012

    I'm all for education. Additionally, I agree prisoners shouldn't benefit while the education of children suffers. Cut spending/funding on correctional facilities (or something else that could make due with less) in exchange for an equivalent increase in spending/funding on education. However, I cannot handle an increase in taxes!!! I'm maxed out and all the government wants to do is kick me as I try to get up. Geez!

  • bluemax4195 Mar 30, 2012

    Yet in other news: "COSTS RISING FASTER THAN PAYCHECKS IN NC".

    It's really quite sad when someone as educated as Perdue can't even add 2+2 and understand what ANY new or additional taxes can - and will - do to North Carolina's fragile economy right now!

  • Dukefan1 Mar 30, 2012

    All you people who think that public education is a failure, why don't you actually spend some time at the schools and then tell us if you think they are a failure. You obviously have no clue about all the wonderful teaching and learning that is taking place each day.

  • Dukefan1 Mar 30, 2012

    The lottery can NOT and was never intended to replace state funding...it was "in addition to". The lottery is fulfilling its role as "in addition to" but the state is not fulfilling its funding to properly educate our children.

  • Dukefan1 Mar 30, 2012

    No one on this board seems to mind paying taxes for prisons, but heaven forbid we ask for money for schools.

  • Dukefan1 Mar 30, 2012

    I agree with you no kidding 7. It is OK to crowd our dear children into stuffy, old classrooms but prisoners get brand spanking new buildings, not crowded, air conditioned buildings. Almost would be better off committing a crime.

  • Dukefan1 Mar 30, 2012

    "What part of the people speaking out during the last election saying no more taxes does she not understand?

    If the goovernment wants to spend more money on schools, spend less else where."

    Let's cut something that might effect you (since you have no problem with cutting the schools) like no police or fire service for your neighborhood. Do you want the govt to cut that?

  • kermit60 Mar 30, 2012

    Even animals try a different approach when what they have tried a few times doesn't work. How many times have taxes been raised to quote " fix the education problem"? They still are not fixed but Perdue wants to raise taxes again. Does she have some sort of memory problem or is she just like wasting money?

  • mattcli Mar 30, 2012

    Ok, Bev, prove to me that all the i's are dotted and t's are crossed with regards to the budget. Prove that nothing is being wasted and there is no corruption or graft and all available money is going to the right places and being spent efficiently. If everything is on the up and up and you truly don't have enough to get the job done, only then can you have more of my money.

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