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LELAND, NC (WWAY) — Gov. Bev perdue was in Leland today to talk education. Perdue visited Belville Elementary to check out their after school program.

It’s part of a statewide tour about the importance of education in an economic recovery, which is a big part of the budget fight going on in Raleigh.

When we asked Gov. Perdue about what will happen with the budget, since there seems to be no common ground between Democrats and Republicans in Raleigh, she chose to focus her answer on the importance of education.

“I think common ground means understanding where your priorities are, and the priorities in this state are all about education,” she said.

Perdue said education in North Carolina is key to be able to compete to be successful in the 21st century economy. She says leaders in the state need to realize that education should come first.

“Right now, the budget that’s in Raleigh is a race to the bottom,” Perdue said. “If this budget remains the way it is, North Carolina will be dead last, except for Utah, in how schools are funded, and I don’t believe anybody in America wants to be dead last.”

Budget plans in the legislature so far have included deep cuts to many educational programs, Including community colleges. The governor has already vetoed republican-backed bills that have called for various budget cuts.

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