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N.C. House holding public hearing on state budget

Posted May 24, 2010

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— House members are likely to get an earful from advocates and voters during a public hearing seeking input on what they should put in or keep out of North Carolina's budget for the coming years.

The House Appropriations Committee scheduled a statewide public hearing from 7 to 10 p.m. Monday at North Carolina State University's McKimmon Center.

Community colleges in Sylva, Charlotte and Bladen County will serve as video conferencing sites.

The event also will be streamed on the Internet. The public also can send e-mails and letters making suggestions until Tuesday.

The House is considering changes to the Senate's $19 billion budget approved last week. House Democrats are aiming to approve their version by June 4.

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  • nanasix May 24, 2010

    Why won't someone within the State audit the SOS/Corp. Div., and disclose the millions of dollars lost to our state since she took office 13 yrs ago. I've never seen such malfeasance and total neglect anywhere like I've uncovered in her records during the past few months. The Gov's aware, the Atty Gen's aware, yet no one is doing anything. Our state records have been destroyed, there is a lot to be done, but it can't be done in a short time frame, and can never be accomplished until she is removed, a full audit is done, and someone with good management skills, programming skills, get in place and get it started.

  • b4tyme May 24, 2010

    Immigration-driven population growth is taking a serious toll on North Carolina. In the last ten years, 1.4 million new residents settled in the state—the equivalent of adding five Raleighs. Its immigrant population more than tripled, the largest increase in the U.S. This large-scale population growth is bringing traffic, pollution, overcrowded schools, and lack of affordable housing to the state.
    North Carolina’s immigrant population increased by 274 percent during the 1990s, the largest increase in the U.S. Between 1990 and 2000; North Carolina gained almost 315,000 immigrants.

    Shaking down state government employees is a lot easier than dealing with the more pressing issues. There's gold in them thar State Government employees hills! Let's mine their retirement plans, salaries, increases....

    How about let's cut the waste, stop funding criminal enterprises (oops I forgot that they vote..excuse me), tax the billions of dollars that's wired to foreign banks...

  • cwood3 May 24, 2010

    Thank you state employees and former state employees for clarifying the retirement system pay for all of us. WE are not against your getting everything that was promised to you.

    The problem with hte state budget is that every department head wants to keep as many employees as he can(ie employees = power).
    Kingdoms must be kept afloat=EGO=reputaion=influence=POWER.

    We have not done a top to bottom reveiw of state governmnet in years. How much duplication in projects-or almost duplication do we have? Smart start vs. head start.vs first at 4(or whatever that program is). Can we combine and reduce overhead(combine accounting, HR, safety, security,...). If we could review every program to JUSTIFY THAT PROGRAM, the people would not complain(much). However, until we know that state government is as streamlined as possible, we will continue to complain.

    DO YOU HEAR ME LEGISLATURE???? Justify the programs you fund!!
    Try 0 based budgeting-you get only what you justify getting.

  • Bendal1 May 24, 2010

    Edbuck,

    Just looked at a calendar; state employees get 10 paid holidays a year right now. So much for your uninformed opinion.

    Amazing how all it takes to rile some people up here is for some other fool to claim "state employees get 100% of their salary when they retire", even though it's a baldfaced lie that takes just a few minutes of work online to refute. What's next, someone claiming that cutting the budget is easy to do?

  • edbuck51 May 24, 2010

    let's give the workers only 8-10 paid holidays a year and see how much money is saved

  • FitnessMan May 24, 2010

    Their is fluff in education, but leave teachers alone

  • m4ncsu May 24, 2010

    You guys that think the 6% that state workers pay into the retirement system fully funds their retirement, you are sadly mistaken. The 6% goes into a pot for them at retirement, which they draw down through monthly retirement checks. What you dont know is that the average state worker has fully drawn down their 6% pot of money after only 2.5 years. So lets say someone retires at 57. By age 60 they have fully depleted their 6% and are living on the other state workers 6%. Lets not forget their free health insurance they will have for the rest of their life. This is why the system is broken. Someone is going to have to make some hard choices.

  • pbjbeach May 24, 2010

    GoodNCCitizen

    I to used to be employeed within nc state government. an i personaly thank you for clearing up this fact about state employees retirements for the general public to have a better understanding of who pays for state government employees retirements as that it doesnt result in any cost to the taxpayers of this state as that state employee fund their own retirements at 6% over thirty years of service to the taxpayers of this state an the state treasurey only adminstrates the final pay outs an determines the amout of the retires retirement payouts but it is total paid by the state employees from moneys withheld over a thirty year service

  • pbjbeach May 24, 2010

    The education lottery funds are an will continue to be used as the politicians of this state sluch fund. Just as i had previously told someone that it would end up being used as just to fill gaps for programs that were in need of funding regaurdless of what fund it is . an theis same politicians need to quit raiding the highway trust funds to supply funds to the general funds.In my own personal estimation once that funds have been approated for an set up for one pareticular fund it should be use expelicitely for that reason an for no other reasons period. so these politician need to quit borrowing from paul to pay peter. once funding is set for a particular agency use leave it the he-- alone an use it speceficialy for that agency alone an nothing else short of a national emergency thank you

  • pbjbeach May 24, 2010

    jopheslawerence43:
    You are 100% correct in your positing on here this is nothing short of a relief valve for the general public to blow off steam for the politicians in this state could an do care less about what ever the citizens or anyone else anywhere has to say with regards to state government operations in the first place for they are just going to do what ever the he-- that they were going to do to start with so what the general public has to say in any public meeting of this kind they had may as well stay home an save their breath. i have previously been employeed within nc state government an i personally have never seen anything of the kinds of corruption that are taking place as it is today thank you

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