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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.

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