Perdue's Budget Slashes 10,000 State Jobs

North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue says her budget plan for the next two years would cut some 10,000 state government positions through eliminating, reducing or changing programs while keeping part of a temporary sales tax.

State Budget Director Charlie Perusse said only about 3,000 of those positions are currently filled.

Perdue on Thursday unveiled the details of her spending proposal through the middle of 2013 to the Republican-led Legislature. Next year's spending plan of nearly $20 billion is higher than the current year's plan but had to make up for lost federal stimulus funds. The budget gap is estimated at $2.4 billion.

To read the governor's entire budget proposal, click on the link at the top of this story

The Democratic governor said she would extend three-fourths of the one-cent sales tax that is s set to expire June 30. That would put the base tax most consumers pay at 7.5 percent. Republicans want the entire penny tax eliminated.

Republicans were quick to criticize the governor's budget.

Senate President Phil Berger says instead of making tough choices to tighten the state's belt, Perdue is balancing the state budget on the backs of taxpayers and governments. "She is breaking her promise to end the taxes she raised, she is underfunding our retirement system and she is saddling local governments with hundreds of millions in additional expenses." Berger said in a statement. "This is not how to get North Carolina back on track.”

Following the release of the budget, Perdue heads to Eastern Carolina. She is scheduled to tour CMI Plastics in the Pitt County Town of Ayden in the afternoon.

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  • by Obama Snake Oil co Location: Washington on Mar 2, 2011 at 04:48 PM
    to anony at 8:59 on Feb 28, 2011 at 06:07 AM, spin? Wisconsin supports state workers, just not the money to pay them extreme benefits...polls show Walker is on top of his goals as an electorite. Good luck with that socialist communist hooey....have you seen some cowardly democrats wondering around? Wisconsin is looking for them since they never showed up to do their jobs....are you one of them...come on, you can tell the snake oil are, aren't ya?
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Mar 2, 2011 at 06:15 AM
    Bee Location: Havelock, keep in mind, Republicans got control of NC recently, after a rule of democrats for 100 years. Only now will the problems be dealt with. I see Lavon is still raging speculation and hooey as normal...great day in NC! I will be so glad when the cut federal and state workers..its tissues Lavon?
  • by to anony at 8:59 on Feb 28, 2011 at 03:07 AM
    Where are you getting your info from? Local polls show support for the protester. A new poll released by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research indicates that the protest movement in downtown Madison (and elsewhere in the state) is vastly supported by the people of Wisconsin. At the same time, Scott Walker’s standing with the average voter has diminished greatly, with a majority of the state disapproving of his job performance as governor. 67 percent of Wisconsin citizens support the goals of public service employees while only 43 percent support Walker’s goals. More than half of respondents (53 percent) disagreed with Walker in general on the matter.
  • by Tom Location: Washington on Feb 25, 2011 at 09:54 AM
    Where are all the solutions to the problems affecting us all. Don't people realize that eventually this society as we know it will crash and burn then what
  • by Bee Location: Havelock on Feb 25, 2011 at 03:03 AM
    Why are we so surprised with seeing the normal routine? We elected the right hand woman to a governor that helped get us where we are. Ten or so years ago this state had money in the bank and an A credit score. When will we learn that the folks in Raleigh, just like in DC, never have enough, regardless of party? Now we'll watch the weakest suffer. Mental health programs, elder care and community colleges in rural areas will get it first. Good thinking, in hard times lets cut education and stop training people to replace the jobs they lost. If we need to cut I say lets first know why this happened. I am sick and tired of circle speak and finger pointing. Geez, she was the Lt. Governor, she must have known something about what is going on in the state when she made her campaign promises.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 24, 2011 at 06:03 PM
    Actually what is going on in Wisconsin is what the Republicans are doing all across America, reign in the out of control spending by the liberal democrats. Obama DOES NOT like the rich people who provide jobs for the middle class. The Governor is really fulfilling the promise he made to the people that elected him and they will remember it in 2012.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 24, 2011 at 05:59 PM
    The majority of the residents of wisconsin agree with the governor. Thats how he got elected. He is trying to keep those same idiots who are protesting from losing their jobs. If I had a choice of losing my job or contributing a little more for my health insurance and retirement, I think it would be a no brainer.
  • by Lavon Location: Goldsboro on Feb 23, 2011 at 07:14 PM
    Actually whats going on in Wisconsin is what the Republicans are doing all across America, and that's waged a war against the middle class. They want to kill the wages and benefits of Policeman, Teachers, etc.. and give it to the rich. The Republicans DO NOT! like the middle and lower class workers here in America. All they care about are the rich. They want to and are trying to kill any measurement that will benefit the middle and lower class workers in America. The Governor really messed this one up for the Republicans for 2012 because the American workers and voters will remember this come next November, Just watch and see..
  • by Me Location: enc on Feb 23, 2011 at 06:08 PM
    Bless your hearts--ya'll are getting off the subject--this woman needs a wake up call. Will there be anyone that can do a better job--regardless of affiliation--when her time is up?
  • by To Lavon on Feb 23, 2011 at 12:39 PM
    What they are doing in Wisconsin is fixing the problem. In wisconsin the state workers union has over bloated their salarys and pension so much the the gov is trying to bring it back in line with most other states. In nc the state health plan pays 80%. In wisconsin its 92%. They pay less in and get more out.. that includes their pension also. Anytime the union don't get what they want, they can threated a strike. Teacher, police, firemen all can shutdown the state anytime because of the Union.

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