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Perdue calls on lawmakers to do more to save education

Posted June 17, 2009
Updated June 22, 2009

— Gov. Beverly Perdue has called on lawmakers negotiating the state budget to find more ways to generate additional revenue in an effort to help lessen the severity of cuts in education.

At a rally Wednesday morning, Perdue said that the House's proposed $784 million in additional taxes is not enough and that legislators trying to finalize a two-year budget plan need to find more ways to fund education.

Gov. Beverly Perdue Governor wants more tax increases to save education

Perdue acknowledged cuts need to occur but said they cannot be at the expense of education.

"We cannot increase class size. We cannot lay off teachers. We will not sacrifice North Carolina's economic future," Perdue told a crowd of educators and education supporters.

Senate leaders said the governor has asked them to come up with a plan to generate between $1 billion to $1.5 billion in revenue in the first year of the budget plan.

House and Senate leaders agree that they will aim for $900 million to $1 billion in the first year and $1.3 billion in the second year.

Where they differ, however, is how to come up with the money. The House's budget plan calls for higher sales and income taxes, while the Senate's plan calls for taxing more services.

"We still have a way to go, but we're making progress," Senate Finance Committee Chairman David Hoyle, D-Gaston, said.

Republican lawmakers, however were frustrated, saying Perdue was using scare tactics to grow government instead of proposing to cut waste out of the budget.

"For (Democrats), there will never be enough money," Senate Minority Leader Phil Berger, R-Rockingham, said.

Berger points to a $25 million fishing pier on the Outer Banks as an example.

"We don't need to be spending money at a time when our economy is suffering," he said. "We need to cut those kinds of things out before we go back to the taxpayer and ask for more money."

Wednesday morning's rally was the first of several planned this week. Perdue scheduled one in Greensboro later Wednesday and others in Charlotte, Asheville and Greenville over the next week.


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  • NCTeacher Jun 18, 2009

    colliedave- read a little further down. I don't have a problem with increasing class size. I do wonder where people get the idea that we currently have 18 children per classroom.

  • colliedave Jun 18, 2009

    Rebelbelle- Where do you get your facts? Increasing class sizes by 2 will put every classroom in the school I teach at over 30.

    If you cannot handle the addition of two more children in your classroom, you should not be teaching! If discipline is a problem in a large classroom, corporal punishment is must to restore order.

    The educational elite believes this greatly harms a child's ego, but the real issue is they want complete control of a process that produces a failing product.

  • NCTeacher Jun 18, 2009

    Rebelbelle- Where do you get your facts? Increasing class sizes by 2 will put every classroom in the school I teach at over 30.

    Yes, increasing class size is a valid option here (and I don't disagree with it), but increasing it will not "bring us up to 20"

  • HUUUH Jun 18, 2009

    Like keeping the Governor's hands out of the lottery money? Good Luck!

  • JazzMan Jun 18, 2009

    Need more revenue..Stop the tax deductions for children. More children=more deductions=less tax paid. EVERYONE should support schools but the more kids you have in the system, the more you should pay. Think gas tax, the more you drive the more taxes you pay. Why is this not fair across the board?

  • methinkthis Jun 18, 2009

    Here is the real problem. Perdue is starting from a base that assumes the programs being funded over the last few years are valid. The reality is that we are starting like a family of four living in a 4000 square foot house in North Raleigh with two BMWs in the driveway. What has happened to that family is that they both lost their jobs and are trying to sell the house. The cars are now KIAs. The family has cut back to match its income. However Perdue, instead of cutting back to the income available is saying take more money from the family that has lost their jobs and downsized. Those of us who are retired are living with increased health insurance costs, increases gasoline costs, etc and the Gov has the gall to say find some other way to rip some more money out of the struggling masses instead of reducing costs. All taxes eventually take something from the middle and lower classes. NO MORE TAXES, GOV! LIVE WITHIN YOUR MEANS LIKE THE REST OF US!

  • SilverWolf Jun 18, 2009


    Right on!! Preach it, sister!! :)

  • streetfightinman Jun 18, 2009

    The lottery was such a great idea, just like the teachers voting in perdue, think about who you vote for next time
    also, glad the city manager and his staff got raises when all state employees got money stolen from there paychecks crooked
    politics rules N.C. are'nt dems great.

  • gmarcum Jun 18, 2009

    This wpman takes a cut of my pay along with every other state employee and still says it isn't enough! I-D-I-O-T-I-C !!

  • PaulRevere Jun 18, 2009

    Hasn't this been that mantra of the democrats for the past, what, 30 years now? "IT'S FOR THE CHILDREN!!!" Yeah, that's working out so well for us as a nation!