State Budget Update

A proposed state budget and tax plan to ease some cuts inside the spending proposal has cleared two major hurdles in the North Carolina House.

The House Appropriations Committee recommended a nearly $18 billion spending plan for next year late Tuesday night after considering dozens of amendments.

But the chamber's finance committee also agreed late to $780 million in tax increases pushed by Democrats.

More committee scrutiny is expected Wednesday before the changes are voted on by the full House, probably by the end of the week. It's all designed to get a new budget to Gov. Beverly Perdue this summer.

House Republicans like neither deep spending cuts nor the taxes and say the $4 billion-plus budget gap for next year is exaggerated.

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  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Jun 11, 2009 at 12:53 PM
    Sorry, Bob, a couple more things, sorry that my party wants to increase minimum wage which will again hurt the struggling since everything will increase but their buying power will diminish. I am deeply sorry that my party has no idea as to what to do with the economy since they want to increase taxes on the rich. I am sorry for those that will loose their jobs for this since the Rich will tighten their wallet. But, that is how my party thinks which means putting dialogue as more important than you the American people. My parties agenda is not about you, its about the party. Sorry.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Jun 11, 2009 at 06:18 AM
    As a registered Democrat I have to appoligize to you Bob of Belhaven. I am sorry my party is loaded with liberals and progressives, socialists and crazies. I am sorry we have bankrupted the US and headed to USSA. I am sorry my party represents the party of gay rights, no such rights exist. I am sorry that Bev and Mike were and are so corrupt along with both NC houses. I am sorry my party represents tax and spend beyond our budget at a cost to those that work. Mostly, I am sorry that my party promoted and got elected an inexperienced president who apoligizes to all of the worlds worst enemies and tells them its been our fault. I am also very sorry that my party likes to blame what Obama does on Bush. The party that cannot tell the truth or relate to any facts. We claim to help people as we raise taxes on what the poor can buy and say we are not raising taxes when infact, we are. Lastly, Barney Franks and Chistopher Dodd are my party. They screwed up the banking industry. Its our fault.
  • by haha robert Location: good idea! on Jun 10, 2009 at 06:17 PM
    hey thats how i get ALL my information these days...i just google it and the first thing i see MUST be the TRUTH. because i GOOGLED it. cause thats a great way to get knowlege and opinions! i definitely do NOT enjoy the idea of tax cuts. but spending cuts would cut my job and necessary services to others. i would like to see exactly what the republicans mean by exaggerated and exactly what the democrats overlooked cutting bc i am SURE there is something completely LESS important that could have been lopped out of the budget.
  • by Citizen Location: Kinston on Jun 10, 2009 at 06:17 PM
    Lets see now. Salaries have been cut for people willing to get out and work for a living, while welfare receipients got a raise in the amount of foodstamps they recive. Our taxes will go up to keep the freebies flowing to all these people who keep having babies they know they can't feed. It's way around it. So while American's are losing their jobs and having their wages cut; we're still supporting illegal aliens and their offspring. I've yet to hear Perdue propose any cuts whatsoever to those here in violation of our laws leeching off the taxpayers. It doesn't pay to be a legal law abiding citizen this day and time. Is this change we're suppose to believe in? I'll keep my rights and my money and Obama can keep the change.
  • by Bob Location: Belhaven on Jun 10, 2009 at 05:36 PM
    In 2012 you will still be blaming Bush for all these problems. Grow up. Look at our situation without your bias, congress was democrat for the last two years of President Bush's administration. A previous commentor hit on Barney Frank and his forcing the administration, as did "the one" into high risk home loans---you know what! This is a waste of my time. You dumb democrats will never admit you are wrong about anything and never have. You run your same old tired play Bush's fault ad nauseum! You believe your own media generated propoganda! so keep it up and you can tell each other how great it is when you're bankrupt and in the poor house!!!
  • by robert Location: newport on Jun 10, 2009 at 05:19 PM
    Speaking of Obama, go to Google and type in Obama. You will be surprised what is going on..
  • by To Mocking Repub spin Location: Here on Jun 10, 2009 at 04:34 PM
    Okay--I for one am glad that YOU are willing to pay. Are you going to buy for families of the jobless as well? Obama promised CHANGE, and he has only delivered MORE of the same. When you can have compassion for those not as fortunate as you then I will listen to you.
  • by john Location: washington on Jun 10, 2009 at 03:28 PM
    Mocking,the economy was fine until the Dem's. took controll of the house and senate. Bush tried to warn everyone about the banking problem in 2000 and again in 2002.Your Barney Franks said he was just being evil and mean and was trying to keep poor people from buying a home.Remember. ...Also Obama is going to dwarf what Bush spent on the war in only two years. You must have tons of money,put it where your mouth is and go buy a home for a homeless person,fix your own pot hole,pay an extra cop.
  • by Mocking Repub Spin Location: Eastern NC on Jun 10, 2009 at 12:55 PM
    WIll, I agree with you 150%. Most in this country that complain... like on here.. would rather the country fall into major crime and starvation than to be willing to pay an extra penny to help out. They keep talking about small government and this and that, but they forget their previous fearless leader let this country, at least the non wealthy, go to pot. Forgot about everything within our borders and dumped billions and billions into a war that will go nowhere. Got us way in debt over nothing. And dont blame it on terrorism, that war was in Afghanistan. A war we just cant exit and to blame it Obama is just ignorant. Since that war began, and Bush just dropped everything here, crime, joblessness, and everything else that goes along with the Repub party has come to pass. There is more violent crime yet once again as these things dont matter to Repubs... I am more than willing to pay a little extra for good roads, education, health care as any person who lives here should.
  • by john Location: washington on Jun 10, 2009 at 11:51 AM
    Oh yea,Will, what's black and yellow and sleeps six.............A state truck.
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