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  • Terry Watts May 31, 2014

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    "Southern Strategy" à la Nixon and Goldwater...

  • Grand Union May 30, 2014

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    The Bigotted democrats lost power in the 70s and 80s and became what is now the GOP and Tea Party.
    But you know that already. the only question is just who do you imagine you are fooling?

  • goldenosprey May 30, 2014

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    If this is fixing, I want it broken again.

  • arfamr1009 May 30, 2014

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    That would be the 140yr old mess left by you bigotted demoncrats

  • uscnnc May 30, 2014

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    You whiny liberals make me laugh

  • Terry Watts May 29, 2014

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    Would that be the mess before or after the GOP had a Veto over-riding majority in the GA???

  • Ex-Republican May 29, 2014

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    It's a good thing McCrory's not losing sleep. You must have a thick hide these days to be a conservative politician that sticks to his principals.

  • WralCensorsAreBias May 29, 2014

    "Give McCrory a chance, you can't fix everything at once. "

    Especially when you have to clean up the Perdue mess.

    But seriously, I don't think the Governor is losing a moments rest over what the liberals in this state think. Not one moment.

  • Wiser_now May 29, 2014

    "slashes teacher assistants"
    So - they are firing people - and risking teachers leaving. Great.
    And for all of you that say teachers don't need assistants in the lower grades - they do as long as teachers are required to don on-teaching tasks and use difficult teaching packages that no one understands (ie,core curriculum math).

  • goldenosprey May 29, 2014

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    Yes, let's live in a state run like Mississippi or Louisiana! Those are great. Sure a few red states with a smaller population than Wake County are awash in good fortune because of a geographical accident of oil & gas. Despite our rush to frack, we don't have much. If you look at the federal moocher states, the ones that get more fed $$ than they pay in taxes - RED, RED, RED!

  • Michael Hart May 29, 2014

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    Fix???? BBBBAAAAAHHHHHAAAAAA you mean Destroy!

  • Michael Hart May 29, 2014

    seems all the sheep missed this little section "The Senate plan also includes $1 million for medical examiners, $1.75 million for cleaning up and regulating coal ash ponds "
    so we end up paying for it after all

  • Forthe Newssite May 29, 2014

    trying just as hard as they can for an Oligarchy‎.....

    bless their little hearts :( They need to start NOW looking for a new job.

  • miseem May 29, 2014

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    Maybe you need to follow the advice people are giving to teachers and state employees. Quit complaining and get another job.

  • OzzzMan May 29, 2014

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    I don't work for the Government and I haven't received a raise in 9 years, but I did get a 10% pay cut.

  • likes2go May 29, 2014

    UpChuck May 29, 9:34 a.m.
    ... NOT 809 MONTHLY.... THAT'S A YEARLY RAISE,, 467.42 PER MONTH.. AND THEN THEY TAKE OUT TAXES AND RETIREMENT.... OUR SENATE SHOULD BE REALLY ASHAMED OF THEIR TREATMENT OF ALL STATE EMPLOYEES; SOME OF WHICH ARE NOT GETTING A RAISE AT ALL....

  • archmaker May 29, 2014

    Here's the GOP plan:
    1. cut teacher assistants because "class size doesn't matter." (of course, when they say that they could mean the middle class).
    2. cut reserves - this way when the next recession hits and the state has no reserves, they can cut more government services and starve the government as well as the poor.
    3. cut the AG's office in an attempt to make the department look ineffective. This is a sad move not about the citizen's safety , but about the governor's safety when it comes to 2016 election.

  • ezLikeSundayMorning May 29, 2014

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    I am proud to see people in are state that are not so hung up on the partisan teams. I wish there were more. This has gotten ridiculous and just keeps getting worse.

  • Kenny Dunn May 29, 2014

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    I'm coming from the other side but have much the same opinion. After the last election I vowed to give the GOP a chance to convince me to support them. After all their rhetoric sounds good. Unfortunately, they have pretty much just headed further right with their ALEC-led agenda.

  • Terry Watts May 29, 2014

    Nothing says "Jobs! Jobs! Jobs!" like huge government lay-offs!

  • The_Analyst May 29, 2014

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    809.00 / month would be 9708.00 a year. while this might make up for 6 years without a raise, it will NOT be coming. Hopefully the 1000.00 / yr is an average value.

  • Terry Watts May 29, 2014

    Don't like the DOJ, defund it!

  • JMM1 May 29, 2014

    I'm a life long Republican and I'm embarrassed by the NC Legislature. Last year was bad, this year is evil and bad. Instead of doing good, well thought out transformations for the State to change peoples lives for the better; they have legislated by rewarding friends and punishing enemies without any regard to long term impact on the State.

    I'm retired law enforcement and I'm thinking about joining the protesters outside the General Assembly.

  • RDcallsit May 29, 2014

    $1,000 raise, 809 in cash... what does that mean? a one time bonus of $809 up front that would help me resolve some issues, OR, $19 a paycheck spread throughout the year that food and gas prices will devour long before I ever notice it was there? the latter I'm sure but just curious if anyone knows the answer?

  • charliereece May 29, 2014

    The updated story now says that "Most of those cut positions - and the money to pay for them - would be transferred to the Department of Public Safety..."

    No. ALL of the cut positions are being transferred to DPS. Not some, or most -- ALL.

    There's still plenty to disagree with in this budget (including the transfer itself), but none of these 635 positions is being eliminated from state government altogether. Under this proposal, they'd be transferred to another state agency.

  • iopsyc May 29, 2014

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    I'm not convinced that cutting reserves by a third in one year is responsible.

  • dennis8 May 29, 2014

    This entire proposal is bunk. The budget shortfall right now is 20%. This plan moves money around, keeps basically no emergency fund, and further damages our education system yet we are told all is well. There is nothing realistict in this budget. By fall the treasurer is going to be reporting another huge revenue shortfall yet the GOP will thump their chest and say "we cut taxes".

  • Forthe Newssite May 29, 2014

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    what our GA is doing is anything BUT leadership. They are destroying the state as quickly as they can, pushing laws through without sufficient research, much less public input. They have become oligarchic in their actions and can't be gone soon enough!

  • umop apisdn May 29, 2014

    How about cutting entitlement programs (selectively) instead. Cut Medicaid spending and TAMF (or whatever they're calling these days).

  • Joseph Smith May 29, 2014

    Still plenty of waste that survived.

  • miseem May 29, 2014

    Vengeance is mine, sayeth the NC General Assembly. Cross them, they will cut your funding, benefits, work support and job protections.

  • Fourtyseven Cole May 29, 2014

    The DoJ cuts are pretty absurd. Thats some vindictive childishness.

  • Mike Jones May 29, 2014

    Bye..Bye GOP !! The state is broke and they are scrambling to find money. How's that flat tax system working?

  • Wacky_dood May 29, 2014

    To NC Senate budget writers - welcome to my kingdom!

  • Forthe Newssite May 29, 2014

    "slashes funding for the Department of Justice by more than half, "

    Less $$ for the AG to go after them for their actions this term, some of which could well be criminal (IMO)

  • Kenny Dunn May 29, 2014

    More cuts to mental health is nothing but shameful. There is plenty to criticize here, but that stands out.

  • charliereece May 29, 2014

    The detailed NC Senate budget proposal does account for all the transferred positions. The DPS budget includes not only the new positions transferred from DOJ but also significant separate headcount reductions resulting from prison closings and consolidations, the elimination of vacant state trooper positions, and a handful of other reductions.

    I disagree with the transfer of the SBI and the crime lab from DOJ to DPS, but the NC Senate's budget proposal does in fact account for all the transferred positions.

  • Kevin Oliver May 28, 2014

    I guess this leaves fewer people to indict the Republican legislature for crimes against the people of North Carolina. Sad leadership. Only the blind could miss what these crooks are doing.

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