Reaction To State Budget

A 19 billion dollar budget now sits on Governor Perdue's desk after the North Carolina General Assembly gave the state budget the final ok late Wednesday afternoon. And it will mean more taxes for you.

Wednesday's final approval went straight down party lines with Democrats for and Republicans against. The budget is roughly $4.5 billion short of last years. State Representative Van Braxton from eastern Carolina says, "This was an extremely tough budget. I do not like it, nor do most of my colleagues, but it is the best we can do with the choices we have."

Some residents we talked with in Greenville, like Chad Smith, don't approve of the budget. "Well, I'm not happy about it. Of course, more money, you always want to have more money to save and such forth and don't want to sort of, fork it over just, sort of, crazy increases."

The budget increases taxes on alcohol and tobacco products. People will see a one-cent bump in sales tax at the cash register, and a hike in income and corporate taxes. 725 state jobs will be lost and eduction funding will be cut 10 percent--forcing school districts to scramble with the start of school just days away.

Denise Walsh says, "It's always a concern when you have taxes increase, but you hope that the dollars asked of the citizens will be spent appropriately."

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  • by Anonymous on Aug 8, 2009 at 01:34 PM
    Where is the transparency with the lottery money?
  • by Ellen Location: Alford on Aug 7, 2009 at 12:15 PM
    One Question? What happened to the money from the lottery to support our schools?
  • by G'ville Taxpayer Location: Greenville on Aug 6, 2009 at 10:58 PM
    So Bev is going to sign this budget. Crime is rampant and she is going to close several prisons. School funding is being cut, law enforcement is being cut, and the list goes on and on. I have not read anywhere where the office of the Governor's Budget is getting cut. She still rides around on State cars burning State gas, escorted by a security team all paid for with State Taxpayers money. You know there is a high fence around the Governor's Mansion and it is guarded 24 hours a day by State Troopers. Maybe some of the prisoners she is letting out of prison should be sent to stay at the mansion. At least then we would know where they are and the law enforcement is already there 24 hours a day to guard them. Heaven help us, out elected officals are sure not looking out for us.
  • by elvisfigures correctly on Aug 6, 2009 at 04:12 PM
    Only our exalted "leaders" can produce a budget that is 4.5 billion dollars less than last year and still cost the taxpayers more in new taxes. These "leaders" of our state are truly "pieces of work"! Thank me very much!!
  • by MadMommy Location: Los Angeles on Aug 6, 2009 at 02:16 PM
    It is reasonable to believe that our country should consider it's citizens FIRST, before any consideration for the needs of foreigners here from other countries. It is reasonable to provide social services to American citizens FIRST, before providing for the needs of illegal immigrants and their offspring. It is reasonable to make sure our laws are enforced equally for everyone, not that people here illegally get a free pass because the police don't want to enforce certain laws they prefer to ignore. It is reasonable to expect our government representatives to put the needs of the voters before the special interest groups that contribute to their campaigns. But this is not a reasonable country. The unreasonable forces are winning and the voters are drown out by the voices of special interest groups that just want the masses from other countries to trample our rights and overtake our land. It's reasonable to get very mad about that.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 6, 2009 at 01:12 PM
    When I lived up North, the Medicaid system was set up a little different. It was mostly run by the state, but they contracted with private insurers to actually administer the program. They were all run as HMO's. .Well, with one certain program, the ER had to call the PCP office for an authorization number to see the patient (insurance requirement. If it was after hours, they just saw the patient and called the next day). The PCP offices would usually deny the authorization if the patient was in the ER during office hours and make the patient come to the office instead. It was a very nice system.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 6, 2009 at 12:11 PM
    I have another suggestion. Limit the medicaid recipients emergency room visits and make them wait at the doctors offices LIKE EVERYONE ELSE! People would be amazed at some of their complaints in the ED. I have worked all of my life and can not afford unnecessary visits to the ED. If the money was coming out of THEIR pockets (& not ours) they wouldn't abuse it either!
  • by Anonymous on Aug 6, 2009 at 12:07 PM
    "50% of the employees in the public school are teachers compared to 90% in private schools" is a GREAT point. Get rid of those sitting around at a desk all day playing solitare & surfing the net!
  • by Bill Location: Greenville on Aug 6, 2009 at 11:43 AM
    You get what you vote for. Boy did we get it.
  • by AirBorne Ranger Location: Winterville, NC on Aug 6, 2009 at 10:49 AM
    I have got to agree with a lot of the comments here. The illegal immigrants are bleeding our state dry. It must be great getting all of the benefits without ever having to put one dime into the system. The welfare ranks could stand a little (a lot) of reform too. If you draw a check you must pass a drug test. Supplemental funds should be capped at two kids not a car load. If the inmates can help clean up the roads why can't the lazy a$$e$ on unemployment get out and help clean up the state? Park the state owned vehicles at night and let the people drive their own vehicles to the parking lot and pay for their own fuel. While you are at it cut some of the managers out from the state "work" crews. A 5 to 2 ratio of managers to workers seems like overkill. Am I complaining? You are durn right I am complaining about all the wasted $$$$ in this state and country. Can I do anything about it? Not alone. You need to vote these incompetent incumbents out of office and let them get the message!!!!

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