House Republicans roll out spending plan

Posted April 12, 2011

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— Fewer teaching assistants in elementary schools, higher court fees and more charges for people who receive social services are among the ideas Republican lawmakers have proposed to cut state spending.

The House on Tuesday began unveiling its plans to reduce spending enough to erase a projected $2.4 billion deficit for the fiscal year that starts in July.

About $10.6 billion would be spent on education under the proposal, or about $1.2 billion less than current spending. Gov. Beverly Perdue included $11.4 billion for education in her budget.

Eliminating teacher assistants in the second and third grades would save the state $258 million next year, while laying off support personnel and public school administrators would cut another $118 million.

"(There) are cuts to instructional support, to some of the other funding categories that we use for supplemental services," said Leanne Winner, director of governmental relations for the North Carolina School Boards Association. "Parents will see this (affect the classrooms)."

The Smart Start pre-kindergarten program would lose about $37 million in funding, while the More at Four program would be cut by $30 million under the House spending plan, including losing space for more than 2,600 children.

The University of North Carolina system would have to cut 15 percent of its budget. Most of that $448 million would be decided by administrators of the 17 campuses, but UNC officials have said that thousands of classes would have to be eliminated and hundreds of faculty members laid off.

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UNC President Tom Ross said in a statement that the cuts would inflict "irreparable damage to our academic quality and reputation," noting students might not be able to take the courses they need to graduate.

Chancellor Holden Thorp called cuts to the UNC system "disproportionate."

"There isn’t a classroom in the state that would be left untouched by the GOP’s job-killing budget," Senate Minority Leader Martin Nesbitt said in a statement. "From preschools to elementary schools to community colleges and universities, this proposal jeopardizes the very future of our state."

Nesbitt, D-Buncombe, said lawmakers need to "stop trying to please the tea party" and work on a budget that protects education.

In addition to cuts to Smart Start, state funding for senior centers would be reduced by 47 percent and community health grants by 23 percent. 

The House budget includes about $4.4 billion for the Department of Health and Human Services, which is almost 11 percent less than the current budget.

Other spending plans include $58 million in increased court fees, less funding for domestic violence services and laying off 40 members of the State Capitol Police force.


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  • rlsmith5 Apr 21, 2011

    Why don't we ask the Legislative members to decline the $104.00 tax free money they get per day per diem when they are not actually meeting in Raleigh. Most companies do not pay expenses unless you actually incur the expense. IF and I say IF these people were HONEST(ha ha) they would not rob the state of North Carolina of this money. When will we ever have honest members again? Vote them ALL OUT NEXT ELECTION.

  • ecualumni1982 Apr 21, 2011

    Cutting funding to the UNC University System is extremely unfair to all of the students, faculty, and staff, especially for historically minority or smaller campuses. Like always Raleigh will take care of its own, it will insure UNC and NC State will do fine, but if your kids go to App, Eliz City, UNCP, or Fay State they will probably have to pay for courses to be taken elsewhere or pursue a degree at another university,and as if by magic gradually forcing smaller campuses to close their doors. For NC to build these Universities, preach fair treatment and education for all, then cut funding to small Universities who already operate on a shoe string budget is unfair at best and discriminative/racist at the worst. Say what you want, but most Raleigh politicians are white and their kids are going to a Private College, UNC, or NC State, they don’t care about Minority colleges. And in response to cutting education, again they don’t care, their kids go to private school.

  • dlb800 Apr 14, 2011

    "stop trying to please the tea party",

    I guess that means stop listening to taxpayes... whoops.. they've been doing that for years.

  • psharrard Apr 13, 2011

    Where's the jobs part come in at? I don't see in here anything that indicates that any jobs will be created? Actually looks like many will lose their jobs because of it. I realize they are looking to cut spending but you don't cut your foot off so you only have to buy 1 shoe. Cutting spending is important but that does not include education, now on to the next matter at hand.

  • padrigroche Apr 13, 2011

    Instead of cutting the college classes lets cut all of the Basketball, baseball, football programs that don't teach students anything. Just talking about ACC. Don't short the education! Support for Public Libraries is crucial to the economy. When you want to get a job you have to do that search and application online. You can't just go to the business and ask for a job anymore. Educationally we are far behind other States and Countries that we are virtually pathetic. TEACH the kid, hire more teachers, reduce central staff all you want but get more and better teachers. Student should pass proficiency tests so should the teachers. TEA (Taxed Enough Already) I thought it meant "The Educationally Arrested". Some of their concerns are legitimate. Their methods are not. We must reach a better fiscal status but we must find the right path! This is true at the Local, State, and Federal level.

  • Rebelyell55 Apr 13, 2011

    Was there a follow up report by any new agency when the gov. asked all agency to reduce their budget and spending? What was the saving from that? Did even happen?

  • chargerschic19 Apr 13, 2011

    "More liberal lies. Just trying to rewrite history."

    That's right, you're the one who refuses to google basic and easily accessible historic information.

  • Keepin_it_real_in_NC Apr 13, 2011

    "The Democratic party has been in power for over 100 hundreds, but the political platform of which the party adhered too until the 1960's was that of today's Republican party. "

    More liberal lies. Just trying to rewrite history.

  • veyor Apr 13, 2011

    There is not a state agency that doesn't waste tons of money, and everybody in every department knows it. Just ask. Obviously, the budget must be cut. Tell every agency they've got to cut 15% wherever they want to, and I'll guarantee you not a single person would have to lose their job.

  • chargerschic19 Apr 13, 2011

    100 years*...typos are great =/