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Panel urges markers for minorities at NC Capitol

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- A North Carolina historical commission recommends ending a 25-year moratorium on new statues and monuments at the state Capitol to honor American Indians, women and blacks.

The state Department of Cultural Resources said Tuesday the commission is recommending plaques inside the 170-year-old Capitol Building and statues on the grounds outside.

The Capitol Memorial Study Committee recommends the first step be new plaques inside the Capitol marking the constitutional amendments that abolished slavery, extended citizenship and voting rights to the freed slaves, and gave women voting rights. The panel recommends using taxpayer money for the plaques.

The committee says private and taxpayer matching funds should pay for outdoor statues honoring blacks, women, and American Indians.

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Question #-1

where do they think the money is going to come from? The Legislature is struggling to come up with a budget that the Governor will sign.

By year end the state will owe approximately $3.5 BILLION plus $153 MILLION in annual interest to the Feds with no revenue available to pay the debt or interest on the debt.

So where will the money come from?

If this is the brainchild of the Department of Cultural Resources, there's an agency worth cutting from the Budget. If they can not read the paper or watch the Raleigh media to comprehend just how severe the state's financial crisis is, then they have no business in state government.

But if they are bound and determined to recognize minorities, and use taxpayer revenue to fund the project, then include the Working Tax Payer as the newest minority.

What planet do these guys come from?