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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Gov. Bev Perdue’s proposed budget includes a big boost for education, but it relies heavily on more money out of your wallet. The $20.9 billion spending plan depends on a sales tax increase.

Education eats up more than 56 percent of Perdue’s budget proposal. The governor wants to restore public school spending cuts and give teachers and principals a pay increase. A three-quarter cent sales tax increase would help pay for that.

“You cannot tax people into prosperity,” Sen. Thom Goolsby (R-9th District) said. “I don’t care what the liberals say. It is impossible.”

That tax increase would generate about $760 million, but Sen. Goolsby and other Republican lawmakers say reinstating a sales tax increase is not going to happen.

“That bird ain’t gonna fly,” Rep. Danny McComas (R-19th District) said. “I don’t see the votes in Raleigh in either in the state House or Senate. It’s a time where people are doing without their jobs, incomes are down and they’re trying to make ends meet.”

On the other side of the aisle, Rep. Dewey Hill (D-20th District) knows this budget with a tax increase will be a hard sale for the governor.

“What I would hope (is) that the governor and legislators would come together, and let’s see if we can work out something we can all agree on. There’s nothing wrong with compromise,” Rep. Hill said.

As for the taxpayers, some don’t mind paying more, if the money is spent on education.

“Taxes are good if the money is used the right way,” Timothy Mewborn of Wilmington said. “We need to stop the waste, need to stop frivolous, unnecessary spending.”

The governor’s budget also focuses on investing in jobs and military families.

The legislature plans to unveil its own budget next week.

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  • SurfCityTom

    California is struggling to avoid default. Everyone agrees a tax hike is needed.

    But, they can not seem to agree on one important issue.

    The Republicans want to tie a tax increase to a reduction in spending on entitlement programs.

    That won’t fly with the Democrats.

    Will Governor Brown be the first to leap to his end?

  • School Mom

    From the comments, it seems that people from both sides of political aisles are getting it. I’ll be the first to admit that it “sounds” terrible to enact cuts to educational spending, but the reality is that the cuts are really just cutting WASTE out of the education budget.

    Increases in “education spending” are not going to go to good teachers, libraries, computers, books, or classroom supplies. It’s going to fund a slew of special government programs which keep expanding our entitlement society. I think folks have had it up to their ears with the free babysitting and finding out that these kids still aren’t minimally for kindergarten.

  • JezebelJean

    no stinkin’ education. Education ain’t no way to help people get jobs. Stop payin’ for birth control so we have more kids to not educate so we have more to cleen toilets. Simple solushuns for simple peopel.

    “You can’t tax people into prosperity,” is meaningless, but you can educate people into prosperity which requires funding by taxation.

  • cclane

    For education, huh? I thought the lottery was the be all do all for education. Just more smoke and mirrors.

  • Guestdog

    A three quareter of a penny sales tax won’t be missed by anyone. It is time for the Legislature to step up and take the steps to find some revenue sources where they will be the least painful. How many years did we pay the food tax? It did not hurt anyone then, so why now does the Republican elephants in Raleigh say no to taxes. It will have to be done sooner or later, so why not now!

  • Guester

    How about that. By the time you add up all the taxes, a few cents here 50 there, federal and state, fees…that adds up. You may not miss it, but the people scraping to get by now sure will. Wages have been stagnant for years but the taxes and fees keep rising. The “Republican elephants in Raleigh” get it, but the liberal tax and spenders don’t.

  • Guesttenheimer

    First, get the lifetime entitlement recipients back to work and off the govenment dole. Reduce section 8 housing benefits and cut food stamps to those that really need it. I’m sick and tired of watching people push two carts of groceries bought by EBT cards to load up their new shiney Lexus while talking on their 200 dollar iPhone.

    Second, get the illegal aliens of the government dole, out of American jobs (this will help those above), out of our hospitals and stop paying for their medical care, baby farming and prison terms.

    PUT A STOP to the above two actions and I’ll be happy to pay more in taxes! Until then, I’ll fight to keep every 3/4 cent the state tries to wrangle out of my pocket!!! You piss money away like it grows on trees and expect to make up for it by taxing the people that are actually being productive to give it to those that aren’t! What is wrong with you?

    If you do a little research as to where the money is REALLY going, you’ll understand exactly why the Repulicans want to cut spending. There are two very easy and very effective methods described above!

  • Commonsensenotcommontoday

    Why don’t we try cutting spending, instead? Take a look at the state budget and in about five minutes you can red-line enough crappola to exceed the proposed increase without raising a single tax.

    Why are you so willing to be robbed by an out-of-control government, instead of holding them accountable?

  • Guestin

    We had record money from the lottery and where did that money go

  • Guest7969

    GO AWAY! If education is so important…cut funding for the free hand out programs to give to the kids!

  • Guest 4545

    Hey Bev

    Stick a fork in it, you’re done. Pat McCrory will clean up the mess in January.

  • Guest9743

    Mark my words, the only thing McCrory is going to do IF he gets elected is complain and bellyache about the mess he was left with, that’s all he’s going to do….think I’m wrong, just wait and you’ll see!!!

  • Das Weibstück

    ? just make it a penny dimwit.

  • GuestReality

    But what about the “education” lottery???? Don’t tell me that lottery tickets aren’t selling.

  • CE

    When people are fooled into approving state lotteries for education what they don’t realize is that the monies collected go in, but they don’t actually increase education funding.

    If the lottery (lootery?) produces say, 100 million dollars for education that would seem great, but all that happens is the state legislators reduce the State’s contribution by that amount. There is no real net increase for education, just more money for the state lawmakers to use avoiding tax increases and paying for pet projects to get re-elected. It’s a shell game. The more the lottery contributes- the less they fund and have to spend.

  • Guest1948

    WHEN will our State gov’t stop increasing taxes and learn to balance a budget???? Enough is enough! I remember when NC sales taxes were 3 pct. and we had NO food tax. The State of Tenn. has NO income tax and their sales tax is only slightly higher than ours. What are they doing right that the State of NC isn’t?

  • Moish

    This from the same ditz who wanted to suspend elections.

  • Guest CommonTater

    like Obama has been doing?

  • As a Libertarian I honestly feel that Pat McCrory doesn’t whine about anything. I think he would take any problem head on and make the best of the situation.

  • Guest2020

    My pocketbook is hurting enough at the cash register with the increase in prices. Not too many people can take the hit of a tax increase. The politicians in Raleigh need to be more fiscally responsible.

  • ChefnSurf

    … you won’t even need to raise taxes.

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  • cclane

    Yes, “they” said the lottery would be EXTRA money for education and that no state money would be reduced. And, you believed that, did you?


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