Perdue wants higher sales tax for education

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Submitted: Tue, 01/17/2012 - 6:17pm
Updated: Wed, 01/18/2012 - 5:23am

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.)


  • Commonsensenotcommontoday says:

    ….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.

  • ILMNative says:

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

  • Yaqngie says:

    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.

  • erik says:

    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!

  • Truthseeker says:

    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!

  • debbie says:

    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.

  • Urwrong says:

    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

  • Guest7969 says:


    “temporary sales tax increase”…YEAH…we all know how THOSE GO…fool us once…shame on you…fool us twice…

    I HOPE we are STUPID enough to re-elect this dolt!

  • deputy 25 says:

    you hope “we are” stupid enough?????? i hope you meant i hope “we are not ” stupid enough!!!

  • Guest200 says:

    He is definitely stupid.

  • robert3094 says:

    Where the heck is all the lottery money going? Lets put her in the unemployment line!!

  • Guest2020 says:

    I plan to do my part to help with that one.

  • ChefnSurf says:

    Just another example of why our country has a financial crises. Cut spending in the state budget then raise taxes to put the money that was cut from the buget back into the budget. Insane.

  • Julie says:

    Thought the Lottery money are for education!!!!!!!!! Here a TAX There a TAX Everywhere a TAX TAX!!!!!!

  • SurfCityTom says:

    we owe the taxpayers an end to all of the frivilous give away programs.

    Look at Medicaid and the Billions which were borrowed by her Majesty and her predecessor to keep that program floating? How would $145,000,000, which we have to pay as debt service interest to the Feds.

    How about her latest plan to borrow millions from the Feds to extend unemployment benefits to the permanently unemployed who do not want to accept they may need to make some career changes if they want to get work.

    Just two examples; many more are out there; and hopefully in January. 2013, she will be out.

  • John says:

    She must be out of her mind to think we will actually buy this horse-crap. We know that they will never use a penny of the increased sales tax for education much like the millions of dollars spent in the NC “Education” Lottery hasn’t made it’s way to the education system in the manner it was first proposed. If anyone listens to our state leaders when they are in session they appropriate available funds out of the Lottery fund all the time for special interest projects leaving the school system, and teachers to suffer. We should not be accountable for more taxes when the leadership can’t manage the budget. This education guilt trip has gone far enough, and it is time to tell these politicians they aren’t fooling anybody!

  • Guest461 says:

    …to get the illegals of the state payroll and the other entitlement mooney suckers, there would be money for education, the elderly and plenty for her to spend on airline travel…

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  • Guest7969 says:

    of COURSE I meant I hope WE AREN’T stupid enough…it’s what happens when you type on a smart phone…sorry for alarming anyone…

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