Schools, Health Care Will Help Close NC Budget Gap

Republicans taking over the General Assembly and Democratic Gov. Beverly Perdue have an onerous task entering 2011 -- eliminate a projected budget gap of $3.7 billion for the new fiscal year.

Perdue and GOP lawmakers have offered some suggestions but few details about how they intend to close that gap completely.

There's little doubt most of those reductions will have to be found in public education and health care, which comprise 78 percent of the state's current $19 billion budget.

Perdue said she would like the Legislature to give local school districts more flexibility and wants to protect cuts in early grades. GOP Sen. Neal Hunt said Republicans also intend to examine outdated programs.

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  • by Anonymous on Jan 3, 2011 at 09:30 AM
    Try to keep this civil so that your comments can be taken seriously. There are way too many people out there getting a free ride by collecting SSI (the numbers are SHOCKING), by having too many babies that are then supported by the state (i.e., the taxes I pay) and by other fraud/abuse. I agree that there are costly, wasteful programs that have no significant impact on anything that should be cut. I'm not a nurse but I do not believe for a minute that they are overpaid for all they do and I'm surprised anyone would say that (obviously not someone who has ever been hospitalized). I also do not believe that teachers are overpaid, however, they aren't underpaid either: they work 1/3 less than I because they only work 8 months/yr and in NC, they pay no insurance premiums, the state pays 7.2% of their taxes... They should contribute a small sum ($50) to their monthly premium. (But I think you should only need 1 Counselor and 1 Asst Principal per every Grade and Middle school, not 2).
  • by Neo Location: Reality on Dec 29, 2010 at 05:06 AM
    "tsk tsk", you still talking? My last response applies to you as well. I too, hold important people in my hands, I stay focused on why I do this job. If all nurses, doctors, soldiers, EMTs, firefighters, police officers were paid millions of dollars because they hold someone's life, children, future, etc in their hands we would be bankrupt as a society in less than a second. Apparently, judging by your selfish desires and greed, we are already morally bankrupt anyway. I hope you get paid all the money you want and get you an even bigger house, a newer SUV, another four wheeler to spoil the kids, remodel the pool house, take that extra week of vacation at the beach this summer or whatever. When you leave this world, you won't be taking any of it with you and you will answer for every greedy, angry word. If your salary was doubled now and increased by twice the rate of inflation every year, you would still argue that you should be given more. After all, you "hold our lives" in your hand.
  • by Neo Location: Reality on Dec 29, 2010 at 04:52 AM
    "anonymous 2:42PM", empty insults and rants mean nothing. They only show that you have no valid arguements or points. In other words, you have no excuses for your unbridled greed and a angry, defiant, "give me more, NOW!" attitude. I am not the someone who feels like the most important person on here, but I am important. The reason I say that is this, I tell it like it is, even if it steps on the toes of some people (you would fit here). I also say what millions of Americans are thinking but are afraid to say because they have been either shouted down by people like you or have been shamed for not bowing at the feet the "We hold your (insert important people or thing here) in our hands" crowd, hey, you fit here too. If I am on an operating table and my surgeon has to kick start my heart, saving my life, there is no amount of money that would pay for that. People in certain professions must be in it for the satisfaction of helping people and accept a reasonable salary. Smile!!
  • by silent majority on Dec 28, 2010 at 04:52 PM
    lets all get along people .....
  • by anonymous 2:42PM on Dec 28, 2010 at 04:44 PM
    Neo, Wow, sounds like you are the dog that's been hit with your responses (or should I say hollerin') to everyone. I guess in your mind you think you are the most important person on here the way you belittle everyone who disagrees with you. All I said was the truth. Also use a spell check the next time you rant. By the way.... I don't care about you either. Have a nice day.
  • by tsk tsk on Dec 28, 2010 at 04:34 PM
    Neo, Once again you show your blatant stupidity, arrogance and egotism. You are pathetic.
  • by Neo Location: Reality on Dec 28, 2010 at 03:06 PM
    "tsk tsk", funny....I was thinking the same thing about you...except I would include the words greedy and narcissistic when you cross my mind. "anutymous" of Dec 28 at 2:42PM, wow! as the old saying goes, "a hit dog will hollar", you are hollarin'. When someone points out your greed and your enourmous sense of self-importance, you get what, I don't care. I call a greedy money grubber a greedy money grubber. "Anutymous" of Dec 27 at 5:45, 5:41 and 5:34, do you know how to turn off the CAPS lock? I never said the health care workers were stupid....just greedy and over stuffed with self-importance. The welfare recipients and some of the teachers are the ones I said may not be all that smart. There are some jobs where a reasonable salary needs to be excepted along with a sense of accomplishment for helping your fellow man. How much is enough money for what you do? Maybe we should give the soldiers who defend our freedom $1,000,000 a year in salary. Without them - nothing!!
  • by ECU MOM Location: NC on Dec 28, 2010 at 11:49 AM
    Some of the things schools need to get rid of is More at 4, Smart Start, Free at Five etc....Get rid of all of the "reading coaches" as they are referred to. The Central Offices are overwhelmed with every "Director of..." you can think of.Some schools have 2 assistant principals for heaven's sake.And what the heck is "Critical Thinking" as a special class? Must not be much...most children I have spoken with hate the class and are bored senseless.
  • by anonymous on Dec 28, 2010 at 11:42 AM
    Neo, you are a pathetic excuse for a human being if there ever was one.
  • by tsk tsk on Dec 28, 2010 at 09:24 AM
    Neo, by making stupid comments like that, you have shown the world your own lack of intelligence. Lazy, stupid people like you who gripe all the time make me sick.
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