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RALEIGH, NC (NEWS RELEASE FROM GOV. PERDUE’S OFFICE) — Mayors from across North Carolina, including Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo and Wrightsville Beach Mayor David Cignotti, who every day see in their schools the damage from the General Assembly’s education cuts, have issued an open letter asking the people of North Carolina to support Gov. Perdue’s plan to reverse the deep and unnecessary cuts the Republican-controlled General Assembly imposed on our schools.

The 53 mayors, from cities such as Durham to towns such as Bear Grass and Pilot Mountain, support the Governor’s proposal to temporarily restore a fraction of a penny that the General Assembly let expire and to devote all of that revenue to education – a fraction of a penny for progress.

Local mayors supporting the increase include Chadbourn Mayor Waddell, Fair Bluff Mayor Britt, Navassa Mayor Willis, Surf City Mayor Guy, Tarboro Mayor Morris and Whiteville Mayor Mann.

“The legislature’s budget has hurt education at all levels – from pre-k all the way through higher education – and has led to higher class sizes and the loss of teacher and teaching assistant positions right here in our local schools,” the mayors wrote. “With their budget forcing even more teacher layoffs next year, we must act to prevent these additional cuts.”

The mayors echoed the Governor’s message that education is critical to our children’s future and to the economic future of the state.

“Investing in education is central to our ability to attract new jobs and businesses to our state,” the mayors wrote. “When companies talk about moving here or expanding, their first question is whether we have the educated, skilled workforce they need.”

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15 Comments on "Mayor Saffo, other local mayors, support Gov. Perdue’s proposal to raise taxes"

2015 years 10 months ago

-Bill Saffo: never saw a tax dollar he couldn’t spend

-Bev Perdue: never saw a tax dollar she didn’t spend

-Temporary tax increase: an oxymoron

-State Education Lottery: A special fund for Tax and Spenders

-Tax and Spenders: (1)those who believe the well will never run dry (2)those who believe our unborn descendants should pay off our debts

-Really crazy out-of-touch really crazy people: see Tax and Spenders

2015 years 10 months ago

How many more times do they think that they can dupe the people into accepting one more thing for ‘education’ but it is never enough.

Years ago they got people to vote for liquor by the drink to support education. Then it was the lottery. Never mind the local referendums that come up to support education.

Cut the waste in school – Fully fund all academic needs and if there is money left over for the extras so be it. If not, tough.

Peyton Garrett
2015 years 10 months ago

I do not agree with any kind of tax increase. I do know this. We understand, as a community a lot more about Health issues that affect Us now. I grew up in the late 50’s, early 60’s. We owned a small farm where the vast mine everyone predicts will be the downfall of health for us all will emulate from. WE are not the same industrial nation We were. We have had a Coal burning Power plant here for as long as I can remember. I Firsthand saw Ideal put a lot of Kids through College, Food on the table, fish I might add, and pay for Homes through employment. Yes, there are standards. The environmental bar has been raised. Titan should be Held to the bar, not shut down. Common Sense has been diverted. I am not saying Titan should Be Here. I am saying I have been through a lot of the other chemical scares. Hold them to the standards, Let them invest. If they can not adhere, Shut them down

2015 years 10 months ago

It’s plain from these comments exactly WHY we have a 42% drop-out rate in NC. Keep cutting education – pretty soon, we’ll have a state (AND nation) of low-skilled workers. Those low-skill jobs are evaporating every day, employers now look for highly skilled employees. We’re not even BEGINNING to keep pace, educationally, with the emerging nations. But keep on cuttin’ education, folks . . . we can pay now, or we can pay later, when other countries begin to kick our a** with the skilled workers that are needed today AND tomorrow.

2015 years 10 months ago


Read this and ask yourself if your mayor signed the letter, was he representing himself or his town? Something smells here.

2015 years 10 months ago

that a Democrat won’t get behind and support. Keep this in mind when you vote in November. With luck, we’ll have a conservative run against Suzi Hamilton…and win.

2015 years 10 months ago

If the Governor says we need a tax hike then I think we need one.

2015 years 10 months ago

Those who really believe larger classes haven’t affected children are fools. If you don’t believe how the budget has affected education, then ask (as it’s public) for last year’s budget and compare it to this year’s budget. You can also find this information on the Department of Public Instruction’s web site at http://www.ncpublicschools.org. The loss of positions are real.

These positions affect the education of every child in this state. You cannot extrapolate the consequences of larger class sizes YET because the end-of-year standardized data isn’t complete yet. Other assessments show the impact; but since the No Child Left Behind Act crammed standardized testing down the throats of millions of children nationwide, that has become the only barometer politicians will consider.

I’m hurting too – but I have the ability to look ahead and see the catastrophic consequences of having a poorly-educated population vs. looking at stopping a tax increase.

2015 years 10 months ago

Let’s not forget the ‘education’ lottery.

2015 years 10 months ago

Our government has proven that they will promise to earmark tax funds to only be used in a particular manner. They will say that to get the tax passed and before long it becomes another well for them to dip their buckets into. Social Security and the gas tax are just two supposed dedicated funds that have been robbed.

2015 years 10 months ago

Baloney. The legislative budget isn’t going to hurt education as much as this whole sack of lying politicians wants us to believe.

From the governor on down to the most minor dupe of a mayor who signed off on this threat…. EVERY ONE OF THEM should be charged with extortion.

2015 years 10 months ago

He’s still pissed they put a stop to the pacman mentality of the city to gobble up NHC for added taxbase. Everybodyelse has to live within their budget these damn tax and spend libs need to learn the same lesson.

Peyton Garrett
2015 years 10 months ago

The well is dry. In all do respects to Mayors Saffo and Cignotti, The well is dry. The best thing since sliced bread was the NC Lottery for the education budget? Apparently with the double price of lottery tickets for some of the several options, also with some participation in the gas tax increase, what gives. The well is dry. Why do You agree to everything Bev. does. She is following up a corrupt administration. Stop it !!!

2015 years 10 months ago

We just had a sales tax and gas tax increase,more is better for how.The Mayor did not mind handing out thousands of dollar to the new head of HOUSING AUTHORITY even though he was hired to do his job.Mayor wants all tax monies spent on downtown.The private sector is always ask to pay for public sector jobs and increases,just look at the million dollars he hand out days after he was re-elected.How he wants another increase,it is time for the private sector to demand accountability from the people that are elected to run the government and way they can’t cut spending and require the public sector pay their fair share for insurance and retirement,it was just released that 4600 teachers were hired in NC.

2015 years 10 months ago

Idots all. Show me the impact of the new class sizes. Education is a bottomless pit and will not get fixed until parents step up and start being parents again.


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