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Penny on sales tax focus of NC schools coalition

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By GARY D. ROBERTSON
Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- Public school boosters and business groups say the future of North Carolina's children and economy is worth keeping an extra penny on the sales tax to prevent deep cuts and thousands of job losses in education.

Forty groups have formed a Quality Schools Coalition that held a news conference Friday on the grounds of the old Capitol building in Raleigh to urge General Assembly members to extend the temporary sales tax set to expire June 30.

Republicans are adamant about letting the tax expire on time. Coalition speakers said it would generate more than $1 billion that's already being paid by residents.

Martha Vick of the Wilson Education Partnership said additional cuts would harm her county's ability to attract industry by damaging the local school district.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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