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Perdue: Automatic federal cuts would hurt NC children, business

Posted August 1, 2012


— The drumbeat of companies seeking to protect their Pentagon revenues continued to build Wednesday at a North Carolina event opposing more than $1 trillion in budget cuts to both domestic and defense programs.

Aerospace and defense industry executives met in Cary to draw attention to the cuts looming at the end of the year unless Congress acts. Gov. Beverly Perdue told them that the so-called sequestration cuts also are poised to harm schools and other domestic priorities.

The state Department of Public Instruction could see an $83 million cut, while the Department of Health and Human Services could lose $35 million.

The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee estimates Head start in North Carolina would lose more than $13.4 million, meaning it could serve 2,100 fewer children. Nearly $6 million less for child care subsidies would mean 4,000 fewer slots.

Also, $378,000 in cuts to child immunization funding could leave 5,500 youngsters without vaccines. Low-income schools would get $34 million dollars less, affecting 51,000 students, and special education would lose $26.5 million, affecting 13,000 students.

The sequestration cuts were agreed to last summer by congressional Republican leaders and President Barack Obama as a worst-case scenario. It was supposed to force Democrats and Republicans to find common ground to solving budget problems, but a bipartisan committee struck out last fall, and Congress remains gridlocked.

Perdue told business leaders that North Carolina has too much to lose from the cuts, and she urged area residents to push Congress to break through party lines and find a solution.

Gov. Beverly Perdue Federal cuts to affect NC schools, human services

"Quite simply, I believe catastrophic is not too strong a word to use," she said, noting the state could lose 29,000 jobs if the cuts occur.

The governor was on Capitol Hill Tuesday to talk about the problem with North Carolina congressional members.

"There's an unwillingness in Washington to come to some bipartisan consensus that will very likely require some revenue and some cuts," she said. "We send people to Washington to do their jobs. I do mine, other people do theirs and they ought to do theirs."

Perdue said the state doesn't have the money to absorb the cuts to human services, and state Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson said there's likewise no money to make up for education cuts.

In the defense industry, a Senate report says North Carolina would lose health screenings, education, senior nutrition, veteran's services and employment help worth more than $100 million.

Perdue said the cuts could cost the state's military sector more than $1.5 billion in contracts.


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  • kermit60 Aug 2, 2012

    Easy to understand. If it came out of Perdues mouth it's either a lie, illegal or both.

  • storchheim Aug 2, 2012

    "Money spent on defense is a drain to the economy. We need to cut back drastically." The Realist

    Oh not true. We have to keep developing drones so Dear Leader can keep an eye on his subjects 24/7. They're flying over Iowa farmland now on a regular basis.

    I'd laugh, thinking about the reaction of those who will be betrayed and laid off shortly AFTER the election, except that I'm past the point of thinking that bad fortune for others helps me or anyone else. Thanks, everyone who bought too much stuff and too big a house, and had 4 kids while making $14/hour. The banks, Wall Street, and pols couldn't have done this without you.

  • storchheim Aug 2, 2012

    Disabled, if you mean the 29k jobs that Dumplin' was crying about, how do you know they're not gubmint jobs? Good, if those disappear.

  • storchheim Aug 2, 2012

    A few thousand kids here, a few thousand there. Let Dad and Mom pay for the vaccines and babysitting. The article doesn't specify how the 51,000 students would be "affected", but that tells me "not enough to worry about."

    As for DHHS, good. They can't track the money that they do get. And I can think of half a dozen people who should get the ax, starting with Tara Larson.

  • tmstubbs63 Aug 2, 2012

    Perdue could have an education budget of 70 trillion dollars....and if 5 cents got cut, she would still rant and rave that it was hurting the children.....she has worn out her welcome...

  • lec02572 Aug 2, 2012

    The democrats pull out the same old records and papters every election. Lets blame it on the republicans, lets say its about the children, lets say its about the elderly, lets scare the public about social security. They know if they use these words they will scare the uneducated into voting for them.

  • Bendal1 Aug 2, 2012

    Since every dollar spent by the Federal government means someone is employed, politicians can always make the argument that cutting any program will result in someone becoming unemployed. For decades the military has been a "sacred cow"; can't cut military spending because, well, PATRIOTISM! Well, too, too bad; the US spends more on defense than the rest of the world, combined. When people whine about "we need to cut the deficit", but then say "oh we can't cut defense spending", I know they aren't really serious, or they are a hypocrite. If you want to cut any meaningful spending from the Federal government, you MUST cut defense spending too.

  • driverkid3 Aug 2, 2012

    She is parroting almost word for word what obama has said. Also, it seems that she thinks there are nothing BUT children in this state. I will be so glad when we gat a decent governor in this state.

  • lessismore Aug 2, 2012

    Typical democrat statement....."the children"....

  • oleguy Aug 1, 2012

    Let the cards fall where they may,, our country has been living on Credit too long,,,,
    Its time for an adjustment,,,,