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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Gov. Bev Perdue says her budget proposal for next year will include a temporary sales tax increase to restore education cuts made by the Republican-led General Assembly when they let a similar tax expire last July.

Perdue announced Tuesday her plan to recommend what she calls restoring three-quarters of the penny sales tax that had been on the books for two years starting in 2009. That would raise the sales tax in most counties from 6.75 percent to 7.5 percent.

The GOP-led Legislature rejected Perdue’s proposal to set the sales tax at 7.5 percent, instead cancelling the penny altogether.

Perdue says the state owes it to children to stop cuts and make education a priority again by restoring the funding.

Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger says the plan is “dead on arrival” in the General Assembly.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • Urwrong

    Nope the NC lottery only gives the schools 12% of the esarnings of the sales. Nothing else. Why? Because Perdue wanted funds elsewhere. All these taxes in the name of education would be great if it actually made it to the schools

  • debbie

    Preliminary public school personnel data from the Department of Public Instruction shows that the number of state-supported public education personnel increased by 4,720 over the previous year.
    The data stands in stark contrast to Gov. Beverly Perdue’s claims Republican state budget cuts have resulted in larger class sizes, and the loss of thousands of teacher and teacher assistant positions.
    Upon reviewing the DPI raw data, one must wonder on what data Perdue is basing her claims.
    All it takes is a little research to proof she is incompetent.


  • Truthseeker

    Another example that Purdue and the loony Dems just do not get it. This so called Governor needs to increase the budget for mental health so she can receive some treatment. Every year the UNC system raises tuition, every year Purdue wants more for education. Every year we see the education system failing and it is not because of funding. It is because of the liberal idiots who continually add new regulations and rules handcuffing down to earth teaching. You know the 3 R’s. Our education system is too worried about religion in school, diversity, gay rights instead of teaching like I received in the 60’s. I will be so glad when Purdue is voted out that maybe I’ll go to Raleigh and help her pack!

  • erik

    I don’t have children nor do I ever want them. Why should I ever have to pay anything toward their upbringing? You want them then you pay for them!

  • Yaqngie

    Heres the thing with the lottery folks. I still beleive its a good thing we have the lottery b/c in my opinion things would be worse with our school systems.

    Basically for every dollar the lottery gives to the school system in NC the gov’t of NC takes a dollar out of their budget for the school system.

    In other words, the lottery contributes $50 million to education for 2011 well the State takes away $50 million out of their budget for education. If NC plans on spending $150 million on the education system it contributes $100 million from its budget and then uses the $50 million from the lottery budget to get the education budget of $150 million. Instead of sticking to their budget of $150 million normally and adding the $50 million for a total of $200 million. (please understand I used these random numbers for the example, not sure what the total budget actually is)

    So ideally thanks to the lottery we have suffered less cuts to our education than we would have suffered if we did not have the lottery.

  • ILMNative

    I’d rather use the lottery money that is supposed to have gone to the schools in the first place.

  • Commonsensenotcommontoday

    ….as soon as you reduce income tax rates by an equivalent percentage.

    If you’re not willing to do that, drop dead! Get the money from your bottomless Medicaid pot.

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