Perdue: What I Want In The Budget

North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue wants to get her two cents in about public education before House and Senate leaders bicker over billions of dollars.

Perdue scheduled the first of several rallies Wednesday to lay out what she would like the final state government budget to contain on education. The rallies likely will pressure fellow Democrats in the Legislature starting budget negotiations this week.

The first event will be at the old Capitol building in Raleigh. State Board of Education Chairman Bill Harrison and community college system President Scott Ralls will attend, along with Perdue and advocates for teachers and parents.

Perdue will be at Smith High School in Greensboro on Wednesday afternoon. Events also will be held in Charlotte, Asheville and Greenville over the next week.


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  • by Faye Location: Macclesfield on Jul 1, 2009 at 08:09 PM
    It is really funny that when all of our officials who were running to be elected this past year were all for education. All that was mentioned were adds on your childs education and how they were for expanding educational opportunities. Where are they now??? OH! They have been elected so they don't care anymore, until the next election. LEAVE EDUCATION ALONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Add to Don't cut.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Jun 29, 2009 at 08:45 AM
    Derek, don't blame Bush on this one, its been going on for years. So, its OK for illegals to take away jobs locally at the Cellphone company? Its OK that they have babies and we pay for it? Its OK for their kids to get a free education without paying taxes? Now you know why the state has no money and in debt. There are others who think that way too. This is never talked about but it is a real problem. You taxes are going up with the passing of the energy bill, $140 dollars a month, the Bush tax cut is repealed $125 dollars a month, sales tax in NC going to 7 cents on the dollar and then there will be the cost of healthcare. Let me know when you run out of money, I will take it as you have when you stop posting, cannot afford the internet.
  • by Robert Location: Hubert on Jun 22, 2009 at 03:40 PM
    So, Now Bev Perdue wants something in the budget for education huh? I bet it's the 88 million dollars that she just got done taking from the NC education lottery! I hope you teachers as well as the general population of NC remembers what she has done in this regard when she's up for re-election!
  • by Derek Location: Greenville on Jun 19, 2009 at 11:32 AM
    Fed Up - you want to work for $10 a day? no benefits? Your president Bush let more in. Job market begs for the cheapest labor, that's what capitalism is "FOR profit". The less you pay to create a good or service and the more you can sell it = bigger profit. What's this non-sense of 'illegals' anyways? Were the first settlers to the New World welcomed? There were people here before the first Europeans, and now their decendents (us) are complaining about others coming in to this country?
  • by fed up Location: aurora on Jun 19, 2009 at 09:45 AM
    dereck, you know what? if your president, nobraino, could think for himself with a little common sense this country could have all the labor it needs without ILLEGAL aliens. simply cut off welfare and food stamps to anyone able to work but won't. it works like this, Take away your free food ,free housing, and a check each month for doing nothing,you will go to work or go hungry. and you cannot say there is no jobs available. all you need to do is send all the ILLEGAL aliens back, at their expense, and the job market would be begging for workers. COMMON SENSE.
  • by Derek Location: Greenville on Jun 19, 2009 at 04:23 AM
    Tired of Democracts - I believe gas prices are way lower than last year. Wasnt the average around 3.08? Those prices are based on demand. With China and India major players in construction, the price of gas goes up when they want ti import more of it. Stop being silly and blaming gas prices on Obama. Those prices were higher under Bush in 2007 and 2008 during this time of the year.
  • by tired of democrats on Jun 18, 2009 at 09:37 PM
    to those of you who vote straight democrat on election day, stop whinning about what you got - obama and his posse fooled you all - gas prices have risen 70 cents in the last 2 months, they will continue to rise until they ruin what little chance this country has to come out of recession -what is the great obama and your party doing about this now - oh yeah, i forgot, handing out more welfare and raising taxes again to pay for it.
  • by Derek Location: Greenville on Jun 18, 2009 at 04:51 PM
    Citizen, do you know how much the illegals that work for farmers save on costs every year? Remember when the governor of S.C. re-started the punishing of companies that employ illegals? $90 MILLION dollars worth of crop went to the garbage because there wasn't enough farm-hands to harvest. The same in California, illegal farm workers produce $85 BILLION a year (mid-90s estimate), but cost $1 billon in social services. Hmm, we can kick them out, but how will businesses suffer? Its all about economics, if it can be done cheaper, why not?
  • by cw Location: greenville on Jun 18, 2009 at 12:02 PM
    Well said "Citizen" from Kinston! Does anyone know when she's planning on coming to Greenville and where it will be held? Because I will surely be there - expressing my disgust.
  • by Citizen Location: Kinston on Jun 17, 2009 at 08:14 PM
    Has anyone heard Perdue mention cutting off welfare to illegals and their offspring? Why bother? Afterall; it would only save us billions. I guess that would make too much sense, huh? Just sit back and let her cut wages for our own citizens and raise our taxes to continue funding illegals. Let's sit back and watch as our schools cut programs for our children, yet increase funding for ESL classes and bilingual teachers. Let's continue providing free medical care to illegals, even if we can't afford it ourselves. All of our resources are being gobbled up, yet nobody wants to talk about it. We're well on our way to becoming a third world country. We've imported more poverty than we can substain, but nobody wants to talk about the problem. We're giving out more in benefits than we have a tax base to cover. The chickens have come home to roost. We either start looking out for our own or continue funding illegals. There's one thing for sure though...we can't do both.
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