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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Gov. Bev Perdue announced this morning how she plan to close a multi-billion-dollar budget gap.

Her budget plan eliminates thousands of jobs and keeps most of a temporary states sales tax increase for the next two years. But if anyone came out on top with the governor’s budget, it’s teachers.

From her reduction in state programs to the elimination of thousands of jobs, Gov. Perdue has made her cuts, but thinks her budget will boost her top priorities like education and job creation.

In front of a room packed full of reporters and staff, Perdue Thursday presented her 2011-2013 budget plan, which showed a strong stance for education.

“We understand education is the difference maker in North Carolina, and that was the difference maker in my decisions about the budget,” Perdue said.

Perdue’s plan will cut more than $3 billion in spending, which includes eliminating 10,000 state jobs, a reduction in services, like lowering the number of services covered by Medicaid for example.

Despite all the cuts, Perdue was proud to announce that every current teacher and teacher assistant position will be preserved. It’s a move applauded by New Hanover County Rep. Susi Hamilton.

“I think she did exactly what she told the citizens of North Carolina what she was going to do,” Hamilton, a Democrat, said. “She cut major jobs out of the budget for state employees. She reduced the corporate tax rate and she provided for all of our teachers across the state as well as all of our job creation programs. I’m very pleased with her budget.”

Perdue’s budget also lowers the corporate income tax rate from 6.9 percent to 4.9 percent. That’s not enough for some Republicans.

“When I ran for this office I said we need to get ride of this corporate tax period,” Sen. Thom Goolsby (R-New Hanover) said. “It taxes businesses, and it’s passed right on to consumers. I agree with her at least wanting to lower it, but I want to see it gone.”

During Thursday’s news conference, Perdue acknowledged the criticism her budget will receive from some legislators, but she felt her budget does what needs to be done in the tar heel state.

“Today begins a long journey that I hope at the end of the road does what needs to be done in North Carolina: it resets government, increases our ability to create jobs and protects our core and future, which is education,” Perdue said.

Gov. Perdue said she’s looking forward to working with both Republican and Democrats on the state budget, but the governor said there is no wiggle room when it comes to protecting teacher jobs.

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18 Comments on "ONLY ON 3 FROM RALEIGH: Perdue unveils $20B budget for next year"

2015 years 8 months ago

even if we could eliminate Medicaid today, the state still owes about $2.4 Billion to the Feds which Easley and her majesty authorized the state to borrow in order to keep Medicaid afloat. I believe this year, the state has to pay about $148 million in interest to the Feds on the borrowed funds.

In 5 years, they have to begin repaying principal.

It’s unfortunate we can not cut all of the give away programs, starting with free cell phones and voice mail, to those who are physically and mentally capable of working. Food Lion, Walmart, Sam’s Club and all of those fast food restaurants are always hiring.

We know that will never happen. Think of all the Social Service workers who would have to go out and get real jobs.

2015 years 8 months ago

Every program or service cut is going to be special to someone or some region. There is no way around it. Cuts are going to hurt, but are necessary.

2015 years 8 months ago

however, to eliminate a program that has been so successful doesn’t make sense. With almost a 100% job placement record, this program cannot be matched by most of the programs at CFCC other than possibly the nursing program. Gee…why isn’t it on the chopping block?

Perdue wanting to eliminate this program has nothing to do with its cost or effectiveness. It is a direct slap in the face to Danny McComas and Carolyn Justice for their conservative leadership. “I’ll get you my little pretty” says Bev.

You want to know where to cut…start with the top-heavy County Boards of Education.

2015 years 8 months ago

I’d pay for it (and a lot of other things) by eliminating Medicaid completely….but we all know THAT isn’t going to happen. The libs would have coronaries!

2015 years 8 months ago

taxpayer, what is going on is a typical, cynical move by a POLITICIAN, this time in the face and form of our governor. The taxpayers are funding a world of BS (not to be confused with Bachelor of Science) programs that SHOULD be chopped, instead, they are punishing the taxpayers by cutting programs which really work and really educate students to EARN A LIVING.

2015 years 8 months ago

You know I cant wait until elections in 2012. We will no longer see this liberal gov. anymore. Eliminate the tax burden the citizens of north carolina are dealing with and you will see growth. This state wastes way to much money on programs that dont help the average joe. Our roads are horrible, our taxes are to damn high, and there is two much corruption in NC politics. You want this state to save money. I have a suggestion. Term limits!!!

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2015 years 8 months ago

This is an article about the governor, and you even mentioned her in your post. Then you said domething about term limits. Assuming you’re still talking about the governor, there are term limits. 2 consecutive terms, then you have to step down.

Besides, we don’t have to worry about term limits for her. She’ll be a one termer. I’m a Democrat, and even I don’t like her. I voted McCrory.

2015 years 8 months ago

cha just LOVE those TEMPORARY taxes…didn’t work out for us in the county…and they aren’t going to work out for us in the state…when a politician says..TEMPORARY tax increase…that should be your cue to put them in their place RIGHT THEN!

2015 years 8 months ago

As far as taxes go, at least sales tax affects everyone, but I do find it funny when they say “temporary”. Really? Will the budget ever be in such great shape that we drop the “temporary” increase?

2015 years 8 months ago

Well folks, if you haven’t changed your W-4’s yet, then get busy doing so, and take as many credits as you can, so you’ll have to pay the state come April; Otherwise, you might just get an I.O.U. for a refund!

2015 years 8 months ago

The proposed budget cuts to CFCC’s Marine Technology program are shortsighted.

This program has been a cornerstone for the state’s marine science education for nearly 50 years and is still going strong with over 100 students enrolled and graduates still getting jobs.

Cutting the program will essentially take hundreds of local residents out of this viable job market and give those jobs to people out of the area.

CFCC is the reason why thousands of local people have jobs. Cutting job training programs is a short term fix that will create a long term problem.

2015 years 8 months ago

The financial condition of this nation demand that every state and the feds swing a wide arc with the axe. Many worthwhile programs are going to be cut or even eliminated, but if we don’t do it, we are not going to survive as the United States.

The days of government being all things to all people are over!

2015 years 8 months ago

I don’t understand how the governor can reach out and cut a CFCC program.
Shouldn’t the offerings at CFCC be up to CFCC? I’m all for cutting budgets, but this program is a great one for our region/community college.

2015 years 8 months ago

Most have an opinion, but most don’t have a clue.

2015 years 8 months ago

She is an idoit and will eventually destroy the state if North Carolina.. Look at her own problems in her office with the ongonig investigatons. Between her destruction of our state and Obama’s destriction of our country, it makes me sad for our famly and friends. Bleak outlook so sad for hard working famlies.

2015 years 8 months ago

I agree major budget cuts are required. But as a State Employee for 22 years I do not want to see the budget balanced on the back of State Employees. I agree that some state employees need to be cut, but it should be in Raleigh, not in the field where actual State work is done. I work in the Division of Prisons and already we cannot stay fully staff because employees quit after seeing how ridiculous Raleigh is and the politics involved in every aspect of trying to do a job. No pay raises in 2 years and last year we got a pay cut. The cost of living is going up, but our salaries are going down. State employees have families, financial responsibilities also but we are treated by our own State as a “blacksheep”. If I had it all over to do again I would have run from working in State service. It is not enjoyable, is unfair, is corrupted by politics and very hard to support a family. What do you think would happen if there was no one to man the prison system? Folks we are close to that. Employees are getting sick and tired of Raleigh and if something does not change things are going to get worse.

2015 years 8 months ago

her plan will not fly. Effectively, the Legislature needs to cut spending by $2.7 Billion. Last year’s budget was $20 Billion. And that had plenty of short term, one time only infusions of Federal dollars.

The budget spending level needs to be around $18 Billion; and that is being generous.

72% of state spending is on education and social services. You can not achieve a balanced budget without cutting spending across the Board. That includes Education.

And earlier this week, she proposed free Community College rides for all.

I won’t talk about rose colored glasses. But has the happy weed been legalized at the Governor’s Mansion?

2015 years 8 months ago

We’re Doomed!


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