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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Gov. Bev Perdue’s proposed budget includes a big boost for education, but it relies heavily on more money out of your wallet. The $20.9 billion spending plan depends on a sales tax increase.

Education eats up more than 56 percent of Perdue’s budget proposal. The governor wants to restore public school spending cuts and give teachers and principals a pay increase. A three-quarter cent sales tax increase would help pay for that.

“You cannot tax people into prosperity,” Sen. Thom Goolsby (R-9th District) said. “I don’t care what the liberals say. It is impossible.”

That tax increase would generate about $760 million, but Sen. Goolsby and other Republican lawmakers say reinstating a sales tax increase is not going to happen.

“That bird ain’t gonna fly,” Rep. Danny McComas (R-19th District) said. “I don’t see the votes in Raleigh in either in the state House or Senate. It’s a time where people are doing without their jobs, incomes are down and they’re trying to make ends meet.”

On the other side of the aisle, Rep. Dewey Hill (D-20th District) knows this budget with a tax increase will be a hard sale for the governor.

“What I would hope (is) that the governor and legislators would come together, and let’s see if we can work out something we can all agree on. There’s nothing wrong with compromise,” Rep. Hill said.

As for the taxpayers, some don’t mind paying more, if the money is spent on education.

“Taxes are good if the money is used the right way,” Timothy Mewborn of Wilmington said. “We need to stop the waste, need to stop frivolous, unnecessary spending.”

The governor’s budget also focuses on investing in jobs and military families.

The legislature plans to unveil its own budget next week.


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  • SurfCityTom

    California is struggling to avoid default. Everyone agrees a tax hike is needed.

    But, they can not seem to agree on one important issue.

    The Republicans want to tie a tax increase to a reduction in spending on entitlement programs.

    That won’t fly with the Democrats.

    Will Governor Brown be the first to leap to his end?

  • School Mom

    From the comments, it seems that people from both sides of political aisles are getting it. I’ll be the first to admit that it “sounds” terrible to enact cuts to educational spending, but the reality is that the cuts are really just cutting WASTE out of the education budget.

    Increases in “education spending” are not going to go to good teachers, libraries, computers, books, or classroom supplies. It’s going to fund a slew of special government programs which keep expanding our entitlement society. I think folks have had it up to their ears with the free babysitting and finding out that these kids still aren’t minimally for kindergarten.

  • JezebelJean

    no stinkin’ education. Education ain’t no way to help people get jobs. Stop payin’ for birth control so we have more kids to not educate so we have more to cleen toilets. Simple solushuns for simple peopel.

    “You can’t tax people into prosperity,” is meaningless, but you can educate people into prosperity which requires funding by taxation.

  • cclane

    For education, huh? I thought the lottery was the be all do all for education. Just more smoke and mirrors.

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