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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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  • SurfCityTom

    She & Big Mike can take a lot of the credit for the sorry condition of our state’s budget.

    They both borrowed heavily from the Federal Government to keep Medicaid afloat. And now the bill is due. $143 Million in annual interest payments for 5 years and then prinicpal payments begin.

    They pushed the lottery through; and almost instantly it became their piggy bank for budget balancing and special projects.

    Will she admit how much the Teachers Unions put into her last campaign; how she hired their leading lobbyist as an Education Coordinator or some such foolish title at $65,000 per year; and how much she hopes they will donate for her next try at public office?

    Of course she’s going to push for teachers. Check the records, over $2 million donated to her last campaign committee. It’s called political payback.

  • Guest545

    You can call it what you want,but why would they donate to republicans? I know you wouldn’t give to someone who is against what you are for. In politics it’s all payback and I’m sure you know that.

  • Guest52

    if the governor is so concerned about eduation why is it always one of the first things cut. she really needs to look at our education system and rethink her cuts. start cutting at the top. reduce salaries of over paid people in the government system.

  • pjnajnljn

    The legislature, not the governor, pass the budget. she vetoed the cuts.

  • Guest007

    Performance reflects leadership. If we’re going down, we all know who’s at the helm.

  • Guest545

    My point is we all know that is how it works, so why call her out for it and nobody else. Listen to what’s going on with the oil company hearings and you see why over 90% of their donations go to republicans. I bet you won’t call them out on that.

  • SurfCityTom

    you point is?

    You’ve just confirmed my post.

  • SurfCityTom

    Oil companies, and other private sector firms, use investor money or their own. They are entitled to a decent rate of return on their investment; and it can take years to bring an oil field to production.

    On the other hand, she uses public funds from the taxpayers. She raids the Lottery.

    Big difference. But most liberals and entitlement seekers don’t get the point.

  • Guests

    And the heavily donated to Republicans make sure they get that decent rate of return.

  • SurfCityTom

    They use public money, taken from taxpayers and the Lottery fund, for education with no concern about performance based results. No matter how poorly students come out of school, teachers keep their jobs.

    On the other hand, the oil companies use private funds garnered from their investors. And, if the Corporate management does not achieve desired profit results, they get replaced.

    You must be a socialist if you don’t understand the difference.

  • Guest545

    The entitlements (incentives) they get are funds from taxpayers. They donate to republicans because they know they will give it to them and it looks like you have no problem with them getting them either. Got some stock do you? I have nothing against them getting a decent return and they are sure doing that, but why should they get taxpayers money? You can stop trying to spin this, it’s getting tiresome.

  • SurfCityTom

    who needs to come up with a new argument. How could the Republicans have maintained the oil subsidies during the many years of Democratic control in the House and Senate?

    This is the first year the Republicans have had a majority in the House in quite a few years. Been even longer since they had one in the Senate.

    So please enlighten us. How could the Republicans have maintained oil subsidies in a Democratic environment?

    I know; I know. It must have been W.

    But if we are going to take your point seriously, what do we call all of the Federal funds expended for Medicaid, Section 8 Housing, Food Stamps and free cell phones just to name a few of the many entitlements which are carried on the backs of the taxpayers?

    And check the records. Oil companies pay a lot more in taxes than the various entitlement seekers and recipients who pay nothing as they do no gainful employment.

  • Guest545

    I should have seen after reading your reply to my first post that it’s you that can’t comprehend. In my first post I was referring to you talking about paybacks.I used oil companies because they are having hearings about the TAXPAYER money they recieve and republicans are all for them getting it. The oil companies donate oner 90% to republicans. I can call this payback, but my point was it’s all payback.

  • Commonsensenotcommontoday

    The incentives were designed to spur the industry to increase domestic production. Drill a little deeper, drill a little further out, drill in swamps that were deemed inpentrable, get the equipment in where it was too expensive previously. Congress wanted to reduce our dependence upon foreign oil and simulate employment in the oil patch.

    The industry can survive quite well without those incentives, but you won’t see them going out of their way to drill difficult locations in the states, and you’ll see thousands of people who work in oil laid off. Oh, they’ll pay a good, experienced driller and fly him to Egypt or Nigeria, but the roughnecks, the guys who truck in the mud, stack pipe, the guys who clean the pumps, they’re all available among nationals over there. So they’ll all be working – Americans won’t.

    The bottom line is that these are businesses and not charities. If I have an easy drill site in Malaysia and a real bear out in the deepest heart of the Atchafalaya, the tax incentives may keep me drilling in Louisiana because my cost drops.

    Eliminate the cash bump and I’m going with the lowest E&P cost, which will likely be Malaysia.

  • SurfCityTom

    an entitlement recipient. Clearly you do not see the difference between incentives which spur production and produce taxable revenue versus expenditures which come from the public coffer and are not tied to performance results at the school level.

    Oh yes, those oil incentives are taken after the investments have been made. No profitable performance, no incentives.

  • Guest 100

    As a teacher, i find it really sad that the education budget seems to always be about who owes who, who is responsible for the situation, or party against party. It should be a no brainer. YOU CAN’T DO THIS TO OUR CHILDREN! Education is always going to have a large budget, but it’s worth it. People keeps talking about the poor state of the economy and we need to focus on jobs and unemployment. What kind of economic future are you securing for not only this state, but the country when education is facing such cuts. The ramifications of these cuts will most definitely have the most impact on the economic future of this country, when students are forced to sit in over-sized classrooms, where textbooks are facing a decade in age, where programs are eliminated or downsized taking away maybe the only avenue for some students. I fear the day when the drop out rate is higher than the success rate, when there isn’t a higher education future for students due to budget cuts and an increase in tuition, when career and technical courses are not offered in secondary education because our “friends” in DC don’t see the importance of the Perkins Fund. The future of our economy is the students sitting in our classrooms and if we don’t see the importance of preserving for them what is right to get for “free”, then why even try to better this situation we are in, because without a good education, the best education and not the bottom of education, can anyone honestly foresee positive growth in jobs and a decrease in unemployment. If so, please let me know where you are looking. By the way, North Carolina DOES NOT have a teacher’s union!

  • cheryl andersen

    First of all, according to Family Guy (on the Fox network), North Carolina is 48th in education. There could be a lot of other cuts done to take care of this problem. First and foremost, cut out all field trips. Cost is too much, and taking a chance of a mishap is not worth the kids getting a “free pass” for the day. They could just stay home. Cut the week to 4 days. This would save on fuel and wear and tear on the buses. (It might make some parents mad that are only using the school system as a free babysitting service.) Start school a half an hour later. This should be easier on the heat and cooling bill. Leave out all of the fund raisers, door to door sales, bake sales and celebrations of the holidays out of the class. Keep learning in the school. Next, get rid of all of these teachers that are just nubs in the class. If they have no interest in teaching, then they should go. This is not the welfare system. Other states have gone to this method, and they say it is working. If you lay off teachers because of no money to pay them, you are still going to provide unemployment for them. At least if they are working, there is a good excuse for handing them this money.


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