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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Gov. Bev Perdue’s visit to New Hanover County Monday was brief. It left some of the educators she was targeting for support with more questions than answers, as the state continues to figure out how to deal with a nearly $5 billion budget shortfall.

What the few dozen people, mostly educators, who gathered at New Hanover County’s Minnie Evans Arts Center got was a Bev Perdue standard.

Kemmie and William Bayliss, both teachers, say while Perdue’s story of coal miner’s daughter turned governor is touching, they need more.

"We need solutions. We need dialogue between the people that are in the field, not just a bunch of politicians telling us what they think we want to hear," William said.

What Perdue told them Monday was to hold the state legislature accountable as it tries to figure out how to close the budget gap.

Teacher Robert Smith came all the way from Sampson County with his two daughters to see the governor.

"I believe she’s probably our best ally," Smith said. "I’ve heard people say that Bev Perdue better enjoy her four years while she’s in office. I think she’s really gone out of her way to make sure educators are well taken care of."

The Baylisses, though, say the rumblings among their colleagues are disappointment in how Perdue has handled education so far, with few answers about how to fix things.

"Bottom line, should North Carolinians be prepared for tax increases? I think people all over America understand, just as at the federal level, there will be some discussions of revenue and likely some kind of tax increase," Perdue said.

But while the governor repeatedly said lawmakers must make "sharp, targeted cuts" and increase revenue, she never said where those cuts should be and how much taxes could go up.

"I didn’t hear anything. I didn’t hear anything except, ‘You guys are the greatest,’ ‘You’re wonderful,’ and ‘Write your legislator,’" Kemmie Bayliss said.

Perdue said she planned to meet with legislative leaders about the budget this afternoon after making another stop to talk to educators in Greenville.

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  • the giant

    if the governor is educators best ally,
    it’s time for a reality check
    when funding for movies,museum,feel good programs,etc. are set before education. someting is wrong.
    how sad is it when the youth of iran will risk death to stand up for what they belive in.
    and we let these politicians destroy the future of our children.
    these politicians work for us. the citizens of north carolina. we do not work for them, and their special projects
    stand up! do not let them take any more from our children

  • Guest 5964357

    I agree, like that one person said. Bev Perdue, you might as well enjoy it while you can. There’s probably 1 of every 10 people I know that feel’s she’s doing an O.Kay job. I guarantee that she won’t be re-elected. Who care’s about her storie’s, they’re probably lie’s like everything else that comes out of that woman’s mouth.

  • Insane in wilmington

    This woman hasn’t done one good thing in office since she got there. It is a shame we have to spend four years of her messing things up even more. The only thing she has done for Wilmington is mess with the teachers and the state employees. I am sick and tired of watching my husband come home every day worried that he might loose his job. They can’t buy anything on the campus for their jobs that are needing to be attended to. School will start and the kids will be in the dark if she has anything to do with it. For the ones who voted for her they should be ashamed of their selves. Yaw wanted her keep her, but she needs to leave the teachers alone and us Wilmington people alone. We don’t want her. She is full of hot air. By the way Loretta Lynn went on to be a better person and made a lovely name for herself. So, please don’t compare yourself to her Perboo.

  • sickofitall

    WITHOUT REPRESENTATION is a great idea- too bad those who don’t represent us also make the laws and have made it illegal to not pay our taxes, all the while making laws that protect themselves from pay cuts, taxes, etc. What ever happened to BY THE PEOPLE, FOR THE PEOPLE? Now it is all BY THE MONEY, FOR THE MONEY!!

  • Guest27609

    I thought you were coming down for a City Hall debate during your running? I guess now you need money…..and plan to raise taxes?

    Now you need Wilmington! How about cutting some of your hidden agenda programs and stop threatening to fire teachers and raise taxes?

    Take a hint! We’re on to your game! Kiss your next election goodbye!

    From, The great teachers of NC and the great Wilmington citizens

  • Guest36528974

    You know, Loretta Lynn was a coal miner’s daughter born into poverty. A touching story, but what does that have to do with balancing the budget? Perdue is giving no answers because she has no answers to give. She never has. It’s just more talk from a dumocrat to cover up the fact she wants taxes to go sky high. This woman can and should do better. And the only one’s who think she is doing a good job are the naive who voted for her and can’t admit they made a mistake.


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