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Area legislators preview Perdue's State of the State address

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Gov. Bev Perdue will give her biennial State of the State address Monday night in Raleigh. We spoke with two legislators from New Hanover County about what they predict the governor will focus on.

"I think she's going to focus largely on education, which is something that all of us believe in," Rep. Susi Hamilton, a freshman in House of Representatives, said. "I also think she'll touch on job creation. Those will be her two main focuses tomorrow night, I predict."

Hamilton said that even with the troubling economic times, there is some good news. The projected budget deficit is $1 billion less than expected. It's down from $3.7 billion to $2.7 billion.

"We're still going to have to make cuts, but they're not going to be nearly as devastating as we once thought they were, because of the 30 percent reduction in the deficit," Hamilton said.

Though the state's budget deficit is less than first predicted, Hamilton said she's concerned that local governments will eventually bear the burden of dealing with the state's budget deficit.

Another freshman to the state legislature, Republican Sen. Thom Goolsby, said he predicts the state of the economy to be the heart of Perdue's address.

"The fact that we have very high, double-digit unemployment, when all the numbers come in, we are several billion dollars in debt, and we need to get our act straight in North Carolina," Goolsby said.

Goolsby said that regardless of Perdue's projected deficit, better or worse, there is still a lot of work that needs to be done in our state.

"We are a couple million ahead of what's expected, but we still have a $3+ billion shortfall, no matter how you cut it," Goolsby said. "That's due to one thing, and that is over spending."

Gov. Perdue will give her State of the State address Monday at 7 p.m.

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Hey Guest

First comment re: state employees shouldn't have voted GOP: newflash, it's OUR money. It's not Perdue's money, it's not the state of NC's money, it's not the general assembly's money, IT'S OUR MONEY, OUR MONEY, OUR MONEY. And we can't afford a bloated, out-of-control budget anymore with money to every dem crony and pet project in the state. Wake up!

The rest of these comments are great.

it is not, and no longer

it is not, and no longer will ever be, YOUR MONEY. Once it has been taken out of YOUR paycheck, it is the Collective Citizens money, spent and distributed by an elected governing body. YOU have no say, other than your ONE VOTING VOICE. That is all. You cannot buy cookies or crack with it. You cannot say, "Hey I need $5 of that back for a coffee".

Once it has been taken out of your paycheck,
IT.IS.NOT.YOURS.ANY.LONGER.
Deal with it.

Whose money?

So, if those hateful Republicans decide to spend the 'Collective Citizens money' on educational programs aimed at dispelling the myth of man-made global warming, or on legislation to allow limited harvesting of bottle-nosed dolphins, or on legislation requiring women seeking abortions to first receive pro-life counseling, how long would you continue to believe that the tax money that was collected from you is no longer yours? Or that you have no right to question how it is spent?

The way I see it, the Government is hired by the taxpayers and funded by the taxpayers. As their employers, we have the right to demand accountability of how 'they' are spending 'our' money, the same way we have a say on how a home-improvement contractor performs the work we hired them to do.

I think all those state

I think all those state employees who voted for the Republican majority in both houses should voluntarily take a layoff from their jobs to help ballance the state budget.

Ballance

"I think all those state employees who voted for the Republican majority in both houses should voluntarily take a layoff from their jobs to help ballance the state budget."

Translation: I have no clue what is going on, but I hate Republicans.

So, are you making a pun when you talk about the need to "ballance" the state budget?

Frank W. Ballance, Jr. was a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives from 2003 to 2004, representing North Carolina's 1st congressional district and is a convicted felon.

Based on that definition, I would say that NC's state budget has already been 'Ballanced'.

That's the problem.

I think you should be barred

I think you should be barred from speaking again. The democrats have controlled this state for over a hundred years and are the reason we have a deficit. If not for the Democrats, the state budget would already be balanced. Idiot.

OMG..

REALLY!? For the FIRST TIME in my lifetime.....the adults have control of this state...POSITIVE change is actually appearing to be happening in our legislature right now!