NC Public Schools Chief Talks Temporary Sales Tax

The chief executive officer of North Carolina's public schools says lawmakers should consider a temporary sales tax increase to buffer education from deep spending cuts.

Bill Harrison also said Tuesday in an interview it was likely lawmakers would increase class sizes to narrow a $4.6 billion budget gap for next year but urged them to exempt such a change in early grades.

Increasing class sizes would mean some teachers would lose their jobs.

Harrison said he was concerned that proposed budget reductions in the public schools would send education back 20 or 30 years in the process.

Harrison was Gov. Beverly Perdue's hand-picked leader to run the public schools. He said he doesn't know whether Perdue supports all of his suggestions.


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  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Jun 4, 2009 at 03:15 PM
    Bev needs to be in the White House with "Guess Who".
  • by Buzz Location: MillCreek on Jun 3, 2009 at 05:13 PM
    All I can continue to say is: keep on wasteing your money on lottery tickets. It's a big scam in every state that has one. Just do a little research as to how they operate. Now within a couple of years WE will be burdened with finaicially caring for all of the "Lottohalics",(hey I just coined this I believe), that cant manage thier money and now have gambling problems due to the lottery. Buzz-
  • by Terrence Location: Aurora on Jun 3, 2009 at 09:31 AM
    Where is all the $ going from the NC Lottery? especially the NC Education lottery? It took decades for NC to get a lottery, compared to other states who knew the need for $ for schools and teachers, and education. Now we hve both the lottery and a ticket called the NC Education lottery and I'd like to know where the millions of dolloars are going. I hope not in another direction, is this a cause or problem? i pray not.corruptin is something that should be deeply punishable! We need accountability !
  • by Kim Location: Colerain on Jun 3, 2009 at 09:02 AM
    Yep, the lottery was going to take care of the NC public schools. Has it? Nope, way to go Bev. I dare say you better enjoy this go around, I doubt you will be re-elected. I hope not atleast.
  • by mike Location: HAMILTON on Jun 3, 2009 at 07:23 AM
    There is no such thing as a temporary tax.Once they get it they can't figure out how to get rid of it. Cut the Governors salary in half we furnish her a place to live and transportation. Use that money .!!
  • by Lynne Location: Ayden on Jun 3, 2009 at 05:54 AM
    One of the three things that the lottery proceeds is supposed to fund is REDUCED class size. There is only supposed to be a (capped) $50 million "emergency" fund (for when sells fall short of needs) all the other proceeds are supposed to be DISTRIBUTED according to set guidelines. That information is on the NC Lottery website. I would really like to know where the "surplus" funds came from that Bev "borrowed". I would also like to know why those in charge of the lottery proceeds haven't made more noise about what happened or rather is happening. Are they that afraid for their own jobs?
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Jun 3, 2009 at 05:22 AM
    Here we go again, more new taxes. NC just cannot do a budget and stick by it. We have higher taxes than most states and tower around what it is in NYC, so why do they need more now? They are looking at a raised gas tax as well and the feds are looking at the same. Folks, write you congressman hot. Let them know enough is enough. Folks, stop voting these clowns in office. It is just a repeat every year. I have also gotten news that they want to raise minimum wage, again. All that does is take starter jobs like fast food, and increase your costs for it. I am absolutely sure they could find a way to cut their budget afterall, you and me do the same all the time. Stop spending Raligh, what you don't have, you don't have.
  • by Kimo Location: Belhaven on Jun 3, 2009 at 05:21 AM
    What ever happened to the person the voters hired to mind the schools???
  • by john Location: washington on Jun 3, 2009 at 04:31 AM
    They,the powers that be, need to do a better job distributing what they have. I'm always held up at convenient stores waiting on people buying lottery,where is this money going? I think it's time to send Hood to Raleigh. He may be crass, but if you look beyond that you will see he is right about 90% of the time.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 3, 2009 at 04:27 AM
    Perdue needs to stop taking from the Educational Lottery. They would have the money if she had not taken money from it for other things. They cannot raise taxed. The great one said if he was eleceted "Under my plan, no family making less than $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increase. Not your income tax, not your payroll tax, not your capital gains taxes, not any of your taxes." Think this falls under any of your taxes.
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