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RALEIGH, NC (NEWS RELEASE FROM GOV. PERDUE’S OFFICE) — Mayors from across North Carolina, including Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo and Wrightsville Beach Mayor David Cignotti, who every day see in their schools the damage from the General Assembly’s education cuts, have issued an open letter asking the people of North Carolina to support Gov. Perdue’s plan to reverse the deep and unnecessary cuts the Republican-controlled General Assembly imposed on our schools.

The 53 mayors, from cities such as Durham to towns such as Bear Grass and Pilot Mountain, support the Governor’s proposal to temporarily restore a fraction of a penny that the General Assembly let expire and to devote all of that revenue to education – a fraction of a penny for progress.

Local mayors supporting the increase include Chadbourn Mayor Waddell, Fair Bluff Mayor Britt, Navassa Mayor Willis, Surf City Mayor Guy, Tarboro Mayor Morris and Whiteville Mayor Mann.

“The legislature’s budget has hurt education at all levels – from pre-k all the way through higher education – and has led to higher class sizes and the loss of teacher and teaching assistant positions right here in our local schools,” the mayors wrote. “With their budget forcing even more teacher layoffs next year, we must act to prevent these additional cuts.”

The mayors echoed the Governor’s message that education is critical to our children’s future and to the economic future of the state.

“Investing in education is central to our ability to attract new jobs and businesses to our state,” the mayors wrote. “When companies talk about moving here or expanding, their first question is whether we have the educated, skilled workforce they need.”


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  • Surfman


    Read this and ask yourself if your mayor signed the letter, was he representing himself or his town? Something smells here.

  • Guest3130

    It’s plain from these comments exactly WHY we have a 42% drop-out rate in NC. Keep cutting education – pretty soon, we’ll have a state (AND nation) of low-skilled workers. Those low-skill jobs are evaporating every day, employers now look for highly skilled employees. We’re not even BEGINNING to keep pace, educationally, with the emerging nations. But keep on cuttin’ education, folks . . . we can pay now, or we can pay later, when other countries begin to kick our a** with the skilled workers that are needed today AND tomorrow.

  • Peyton Garrett

    I do not agree with any kind of tax increase. I do know this. We understand, as a community a lot more about Health issues that affect Us now. I grew up in the late 50’s, early 60’s. We owned a small farm where the vast mine everyone predicts will be the downfall of health for us all will emulate from. WE are not the same industrial nation We were. We have had a Coal burning Power plant here for as long as I can remember. I Firsthand saw Ideal put a lot of Kids through College, Food on the table, fish I might add, and pay for Homes through employment. Yes, there are standards. The environmental bar has been raised. Titan should be Held to the bar, not shut down. Common Sense has been diverted. I am not saying Titan should Be Here. I am saying I have been through a lot of the other chemical scares. Hold them to the standards, Let them invest. If they can not adhere, Shut them down

  • Guest1971

    How many more times do they think that they can dupe the people into accepting one more thing for ‘education’ but it is never enough.

    Years ago they got people to vote for liquor by the drink to support education. Then it was the lottery. Never mind the local referendums that come up to support education.

    Cut the waste in school – Fully fund all academic needs and if there is money left over for the extras so be it. If not, tough.

  • ChefnSurf

    -Bill Saffo: never saw a tax dollar he couldn’t spend

    -Bev Perdue: never saw a tax dollar she didn’t spend

    -Temporary tax increase: an oxymoron

    -State Education Lottery: A special fund for Tax and Spenders

    -Tax and Spenders: (1)those who believe the well will never run dry (2)those who believe our unborn descendants should pay off our debts

    -Really crazy out-of-touch really crazy people: see Tax and Spenders

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