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State budget goes back to drawing board

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House and Senate Democrats thought Tuesday was going to be an important day. They expected a vote on the state budget, but it turns out that plan quickly began to crumble. Governor Bev Perdue was apparently not happy with the deal the two Houses had made. She requested they go back and start over, and now no one knows how long that will take. One of the topics the governor is looking to change is the tax plan. She wants to raise state taxes. Republican State Representative Carolyn Justice disagrees. "You know the two Houses are pretty independent, you know they believe in the separation of powers, and this is a legislative decision, and she is the executive decision. They’re pretty determined on what they want to raise and don't want to raise, and so the war could go on for weeks or it could come to a close quickly, we just aren't sure." Justice also spoke about cutting the Marine Technology program at Cape Fear Community College. She said it was a bad decision, because that program directly created jobs for folks in our area.

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