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Perdue getting out for N.C. budget on education

Posted June 16, 2009

— Gov. Beverly Perdue plans to outline her education priorities at several rallies that likely will pressure fellow Democrats in the House and Senate who are beginning budget negotiations.

The first event is Wednesday morning in Raleigh, with another in the afternoon in Greensboro. Other events will be in Charlotte, Asheville and Greenville over the next week.

"Folks and schools across the state need to understand that I'm going to protect the classroom," Perdue said. "I intend to do this, and I think the General Assembly will join me in that battle."

Legislators are trying to finalize a two-year budget plan they'll present to Perdue for her signature.

The events contrast the negotiating style of former Gov. Mike Easley, who rarely went on the road to push his agenda, let alone his budget views.

Perdue will be joined at the Raleigh rally by State Board of Education Chairman Bill Harrison and North Carolina Community College System President Scott Ralls.

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  • beachboater Jun 17, 2009

    If Bev plans on saving the classroom, why do we read of thousands of teachers losing jobs? Yet we read of NO administrator's losing jobs. Yep, those administrators sure know how to waste money!!

    It has been proven time and again, throwing money at something doesn't fix it.

  • gr Jun 17, 2009

    What a stupid headline

  • jonslm Jun 17, 2009

    Perdue! boy she is a joke for the state. She will ruin this state as long as she is in office.She is just like Obama.She changes her mind alot on things like he does.We will never get any raises with her as Gov.

  • Commentor5 Jun 17, 2009

    I swear that picture makes her look like the new spokeswoman for a Polident commercial.

  • pbjbeach Jun 17, 2009

    WHY ISN'T ANYONE ACTUALY HELD RESPONSIBLE AN HAVE SOME FORM OF ACCOUNTABILITY FOR THE DECESIONS THAT ARE MADE IN REGARDS TO THE SPENDING AN MISMANGAMENT OF TAXPAYERS FUNDING WITHIN STATE GOVERNMENT WHEN ISSUES OF FISCIAL & BUDGETARY ISSUES ARE BEING RAISED CONCERNING WHERE THE SPENDING OF THE PAST BUDGETS MONEY'S HAVE BEEN SPENT ON THANK YOU

  • pbjbeach Jun 17, 2009

    silverwolf

    Dont you realize by now that the politicans of this state just laugh an make off handed remarks about constituents that write letters to them actually expecting to have a politican actual acheive an do something to actual correct a wrong that has been done. the politican of this day an time are a joke in an of themselve for they care not what the taxpayers or citizens have to say or think about an issue. thank you

  • mrsmom Jun 17, 2009

    She vows to protect eduction, but raids the lottery funds set aside for it.

    She publically states that she is totally against furloughs, and then she enacts a furlough through her executive order.

    Anyone see a pattern here?

    I think she just woke up and realized who is buttering her bread and figured she better get some publicity to keep the teachers on her side.

  • jprime Jun 17, 2009

    ""Folks and schools across the state need to understand that I'm going to protect the classroom," Perdue said.

    Then why does she keep raiding the Educational Lottery?"

    My thoughts exactly!

  • pbjbeach Jun 17, 2009

    tropicalgirl

    i agree with your post on here the budget cuts should have first come from pet poticial projects an to stop the waste fraud an abuse within certain areas of state government how about getting rid of some of the contractors an the contracting processes that are costing the states taxpayers an arm & a leg when consideration is given to the quality of the work that is performed by these supposely contracting enitys for in my estimation the state surely isn't getting the quality product that they are paying a qulity price for with taxpayers dollars an afterwards then if additional cuts needed to still be made then consider other options. one of the first cuts that this governor should make is the position of mr harrison her newly minted c.e.o. of education. i thought that the edcuation department was supposely was to be run by june atkins an elected offical thank you

  • MakoII Jun 17, 2009

    -Easley stopped state contributions to the retirement system for a few years
    -A number of years State Employees received NO pay increases. Only "Bonus" time off.
    -The average increase with respect to National Inflation for the past ten years has State Employee salaries around -6.5%
    (factor in local growth, local inflation and it's insanely higher)
    -The buying power of a current State Employee is the same as their salary in the early 1990's. With current cuts, that puts their buying power to the 80's. YOU try and live on your 1990 salary with a mortgage and family!
    -BEFORE cuts, we found ourselves having to cut services, like Cable, Phones, shopping at Walmart and Aldi's just to meet our measly budget, and we're both professionals with 3 degrees between the 2 of us with almost 20 years in the State.

    If YOU had a professional degree and 20 years on the job would YOU call a diminished salary, benefits, retirement which was CUT during good times, slashed during bad, "lucrative"?

    NUTS!

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