By GARY D. ROBERTSON
RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- Democrats in the North Carolina Legislature have started a weeklong statewide tour to focus on what they call the negative effects of the state budget by listening to those affected by the plan pushed through by Republicans.
More than a dozen House and Senate Democrats met Monday at a government building in Raleigh, where speakers highlighted the unemployment picture and what budget cuts have meant for public schools and health care.
Fourth-grade teacher Elizabeth Whisenant said her Raleigh school has had to do more with less this fall, including fewer teacher assistants and one less custodian.
Mildred Flynn says she's worried about how she'll care for her adult daughter after more Medicaid cuts.
Thousands of job cuts in state government and education have occurred since the budget was approved.
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