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NC lawmakers get grim news on school cut options

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By GARY D. ROBERTSON
Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- North Carolina lawmakers facing hard budget decisions for a third year in a row have received potential spending cuts that include eliminating thousands of jobs, creating larger classes and offering fewer courses.

Administrators for the public schools, community colleges and university system on Tuesday presented to a General Assembly oversight committee what spending cuts of 5 percent or 10 percent would look like.

Gov. Bev Perdue asked for those options as she assembles her budget for the next two years. Next year's budget gap could exceed $3 billion because there will be no federal stimulus money and probably no additional tax revenues.

Jeff Davies with the University of North Carolina system says cuts of this magnitude undoubtedly would harm academics.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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And now,

the other shoe drops.

The give away programs for all those folks who prefer not to work now have the onus of putting our state budget on the brink of a cliff.

You can not borrow over $2 Billion to keep medicaid afloat; incur annual interest only payments of $142 Million; and not have a negative impact on the available state revenue.

Let's not forget all those non working folks who received $28 Million+ in benefit payments. Of course, Bev did not feel it would be fair to ask them to return the money they were never entitled to. Someone has to pay the Feds back.

& all those billions of Stimulus money that did nothing positive. Did you enjoy or see benefit from nearly $300,000 that went to fund the study of yoga exercises on hot flashes? That was just the tip of the iceberg.

Now the bills are due. Maybe Bev can stay in state and avoid out of country vacations while she faces the reality of the Democratic folly. And do not forget, she was and remains a major part of that folly.

The reality is the Legislature will need a reduction in budget of 15% in order to break even this year. Welcome to the real world.

If you voted for her and Big Mike, are you happy now?

Amen. Say it loud say it

Amen. Say it loud say it often.