General Assembly Passes $19B Budget

The North Carolina General Assembly has approved a $19 billion state budget for the spending year that started a month ago.

The Senate and House voted Wednesday to give the budget final legislative approval.

Gov. Beverly Perdue said she would reluctantly sign into law the package that includes higher taxes and reduced services.

The budget leaves up to local school districts -- now just weeks away from a new school year -- to decide how to handle their share of $225 million in cuts.

Republicans complain that Democrats who run the Legislature chose to raise taxes during this recession when they could have made deeper cuts. But Republicans can't change the budget, which is a compromise of earlier versions.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue said she's no happier than legislators about a state budget that raises taxes and cuts spending, but she's going to sign the spending plan into law.

Perdue said Tuesday that lawmakers have raised taxes as far as
they're willing to go to maintain education spending. She said
she's willing to sign the $19 billion budget with the traditional
school year starting soon.

The governor said she was pleased that lawmakers pulled back
from spending cuts that would have led to broader teacher layoffs.

Perdue said a a one-penny sales tax increase was better than
higher income taxes for working families. She said only about 13
percent of households will face a new, added surtax on their
taxable income.

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  • by Bill Location: Greenville on Aug 12, 2009 at 12:01 PM
    the governor has maxed out all the states credit cards, the states line of credit and all the loose change in the sofa. What is left. nothing. and she is allowing the taxpayers to pay the balance. Thanks gov.
  • by Kelly Location: LaGrange on Aug 11, 2009 at 11:40 AM
    What's a few more billon? We're already in the hole. Might as well dig ourselves in deeper.
  • by Who Knows? Location: Winterville on Aug 11, 2009 at 08:16 AM
    I think the Governor and NC Legislature should cut their salaries by 50 percent since they don't do anything and, then, that money could go towards the education of our children.
  • by Nancy Location: Greenville on Aug 10, 2009 at 07:20 PM
    To Will: You got your wish; I lost my teaching position; however, I did not vote for Beverly.
  • by OK Lavon Location: enc on Aug 10, 2009 at 05:48 PM
    God bless you Lavon, you need it, because its pretty obvious that YOU are the only one YOU care about. I NOW understand why you can still be happy with Obama. Congratulations, you are one in a million.
  • by Who Knows? Location: Winterville on Aug 10, 2009 at 03:20 PM
    It is kind of funny to watch our Governor and NC Legislatures spend funds on the East Carolina University's Dental School when they undermine the education of children of our State and cut the educators who teach them. I guess they want no children to graduate so they can overfill the positions in East Carolina University School Of Medicine, and, they, charge you an overabundance fee for using their services.
  • by T Location: Washington on Aug 10, 2009 at 01:52 PM
    We already don't have any money and they are still determined that they are going to take what we already don't have.
  • by hope Location: NC on Aug 10, 2009 at 08:01 AM
    To: Obama Snake Oil Co, I liked your response to what's its name.
  • by Lavon Location: Goldsboro on Aug 9, 2009 at 05:29 AM
    Gator- I don't care much what you believe. As a matter of fact why don't you come to work with me tomorrow. I bet at the end of the day you'll understand what real work is all about!
  • by Lavon Location: Goldsboro on Aug 8, 2009 at 07:53 PM
    I love Obama

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