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Perdue moves $20M to expand NC Pre-K to 6,300 more

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EMERY P. DALESIO
Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- Gov. Bev Perdue is moving again into disputed territory with the Republican-led Legislature, shifting $20 million to accommodate up to another 6,300 youngsters by January in the state's pre-kindergarten academic enrichment program.

Perdue said Thursday she is reallocating projected spare funds.

A state appeals court ruled nearly two months ago that any at-risk 4-year-old whose parents seek admission to the North Carolina Pre-Kindergarten program must be admitted. The court stopped short of requiring a sharp expansion of the program to include every needy child.

Republicans lawmakers cut funding by 20 percent and renamed the program previously called More At Four. GOP leaders said they wanted to appeal this summer's court ruling.

Spokesmen for the top Republican lawmakers did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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AGAIN WITH THE "FREE"

AGAIN WITH THE "FREE" STUFF!! IF YOU HAVE CHILDREN, YOU SHOULD KNOW, AND BE PREPARED, THEY COST MONEY!! PERSONALLY, I'M TIRED OF TAXPAYER MONEY BEING SHIFTED TO PEOPLE MAKING BAD LIFE DECISIONS...INSTEAD OF A HANDOUT, GIVE THEM A BILL, AND THEN THE BEHAVIOR MIGHT CHANGE! BEING AGAINST 'FREE STUFF' AND 'HAND OUTS' DOESN'T MAKE PEOPLE BAD OR UNCARING! I CARE ABOUT MY FAMILY AND MY KIDS, AND I WOULD LIKE MORE OF MY TAX MONEY BACK TO TAKE CARE OF THEM! IF YOU ARE ON WELFARE, AND YOU HAVE 'AT RISK' KIDS, WHY SHOULD OTHER PEOPLE PAY FOR THAT!? OUR SYSTEM IS SO SCREWED UP.... NO WONDER NC LAGS BEHIND THE COUNTRY....HIGH TAXES AND HANDOUTS

Does she not get the message?

she indicates she will fund this initiative with "projected spare funds".

Is she serious? For at least the past two years, North Carolina has been so cash short, it has been unable to process income tax returns and issue income tax refunds on a timely basis.

What happens if the projected disappears and there are no spare funds?

If there were spare funds, should they not be allocated to the underfunded state employee retirement fund or the underfunded state employees health insurance fund? Those two are underfunded, at last report, by about $200 Million each.

And she was a teacher before she went into politics?