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NC education budget options elicit sharp response

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By GARY D. ROBERTSON
Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- Eliminating $1.3 billion in temporary taxes for next year's North Carolina state budget is leading to some sobering options about where to cut, particularly in public education.

A joint House-Senate education budget subcommittee spent much of this week looking at what it might take to cut $760 million more than Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue proposed in her education spending plan last month. Republicans in charge of the Legislature are committed to closing a $2.4 billion budget gap without extending taxes schedule to expire this year.

The Legislature's budget staff has offered some options that include eliminating funding for 6,000 teachers and 17,000 teacher assistants.

Democrats and the state's leading teacher lobbying group say those options are proof that the temporary taxes should be continued.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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What part of "temporary" confuses you liberal Democrats?

Do you people EVER stand behind your words? Ever follow through on your promises?

Aren't you embarrassed to be so lacking in honesty and ethics?

Lottery Should Give Us An Education Surplus

Was the lottery not meant to resolve these issues? Should there not, according to arguments for the lottery before it was enacted, be a surplus in our education funding by now?

If we were lied to to get the lottery - then it should be canceled - NOW.

Lottery

I guess people are beginning to realize that they were lied to! The lottery is a legalized form of gambling that has not achieved anything but negative results since day 1. The people of this state were sold a bill of goods, using education (close to everyone's hearts) to get it accepted. Now the dear governor and the one before her have used the money for other purposes than intended and now see what is happening.

Cuts should be made other ways - education should not be touched. Get rid of some of the "fat cats" sitting in their leather chairs making such stupid decisions and use that money for the schools. Raleigh has too many employees that only take up space and money and serve no purpose other than drawing their salaries.

Teachers and education are too important to let fall by the wayside in the budget cuts. There is money available - stay home governor and use the money you would be using for flying around, and give it to the schools. Stop putting money in the pockets of your cronies. Use it for educaiton - who knows, one of those kids coming out of school may have your job someday and we want him/her to be well educated

You must have been

out of the country.

Easley & her Majesty have borrowed consistently from the Fund in order to keep programs like Medicaid afloat.