Governor Rolls Out Budget Changes For 2010-11

Gov. Beverly Perdue's budget plan would cut nearly $1 billion for the coming year by eliminating programs and cutting Medicaid abuse.

Perdue on Tuesday unveiled her recommended changes for the second year of the two-year budget approved by the General Assembly last summer.

Most state agencies would have spending cut an additional 5 to 7 percent starting in July, except for education. Public schools would get money to buy hand-held devices to help teachers in lower grades assess student performance.

Teachers also would receive their longevity-based salary increases after they were suspended last year because of the bad economy. State employees and teachers would get a one-time bonus to make up for furloughs last year.

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  • by mslizzie Location: greenville on Apr 21, 2010 at 07:56 AM
    It' a shame everything goes up except our pay, look at the cost of gas, look at how high the grocery prices are , look at the utility cost, Look at the cost for us taking care of the drug addicts look how good the people in jail have it, we pay for this and just look how the elderly is treated, I would prefer a 5% pay raise (not gonna happen) our health insurance, parking permits (yes we pay to come to work)have all increased. I will not vote for Bev again we hope we will find some one who is for the STATE EMPLOYEE as well as the TEACHERS be it Republican, or Liberal we work hard for to be thrown on the back burner all said and done it's all about politics and the best liar wins.
  • by Jim Location: Greenville on Apr 20, 2010 at 11:05 PM
    Cactus an Teacher: You are right. A lot of fraud and yes, teachers spend much more time with children than parents. If parents would take a few minutes out of their day to help kids see the importance of...I won't ramble. Easier to let the electronics raise your kids nowadays.
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Apr 20, 2010 at 05:47 PM
    I hear all you voters talking about voting someone out, now are you really going to vote to out an incumbent? Time will tell. Why don't you people listen to the teachers, they know more about the workings of the school than any school board member or state politician. Teachers are (or can be) a major influence on your child, they spend more time with your child than you. OK, I'll get off my soap box.
  • by Teacher on Apr 20, 2010 at 04:12 PM
    Unless you're an educator, most Americans are unaware of how many children receive social security disability checks to be used for counseling, etc. Several years ago a lot of money became available to various agencies across the state. You would not believe the fraud we witnessed in schools. Mentors would come into the schools dressed in miniskirts, tank tops, and covered in tats. It was so obvious what was happening to mental health funds. What a joke! And I have to work very hard for my check. I agree with an earlier post: people who receive government benefits should be tested for drugs. And no one should be allowed to live in public housing without being tested. I'm sure the elderly would love to get rid of the troublemakers.
  • by libertarian on Apr 20, 2010 at 03:49 PM
    Legalize all these video poker and internet sweepstake casino and tax them 20%. Give it all to schools. You will never have another shortfall.
  • by Harding on Apr 20, 2010 at 02:50 PM
    I really hope she gets voted out, I for one think she has taken enough away from us.
  • by Rich Location: Greenville on Apr 20, 2010 at 01:50 PM
    I want to know why she didn't do these cuts last year in stead of mandatory days of leave without pay for state employees? She could have done this last year and not had to raise taxes on everything under the sun. Why not? Why just election years?
  • by Taxpayer Location: Martin County on Apr 20, 2010 at 01:22 PM
    Maybe she needs to look a little futher for fraud,like Food Stamps since she checking out Medicaid fraud.She could probaly cut some there as well and still make money for the state.
  • by Home Health Care worker Location: Greenville on Apr 20, 2010 at 01:15 PM
    Well Bev,just got the info that I cannot take the 89 year young woman I home Care for to the Grocery store, or pay her bills anymore, because you just cut that out. So I guess You can come take her. Yes I agree cut medicaid fraud out, but don't kill our Senior citizens.
  • by just a thought Location: gville on Apr 20, 2010 at 12:20 PM
    @ ftfw: I agree with you! I also think mandatory drug testing should be part of the qualifications for gov't assistance.
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