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Perdue's proposal uses higher tax for schools

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GARY D. ROBERTSON
Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- Gov. Bev Perdue's proposed budget adjustments for next year would use most of the proceeds from a sales tax increase to restore cuts North Carolina school districts have been forced to make and to reduce class sizes in early grades.

Perdue will release her plan Thursday morning. A document provided by the Democratic governor's administration to reporters Wednesday shows she wants to spend 7.5 percent more on the public schools budget than what the current budget mandates for the year beginning July 1.

The increase will eliminate spending reductions that the Legislature required districts to make starting in 2009. The document says that change and smaller class sizes could help pay for 11,000 education positions.

Republicans have their own budget ideas that won't contain a tax increase.

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5/9/2012 3:20:13 PM (GMT -4:00)

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