Highlights and reaction to the State of the State (with video)

If you missed Monday night’s State of the State address, you can watch the video highlights below. But it’s fair to say Governor Perdue’s plan is getting mixed reviews – especially from those who were hoping to hear a balanced approach to the budget that would protect vital public investments to health care, public safety, and infrastructure.

From the NC Budget & Tax Center:

The State of the State was riddled with numbers that have serious consequences for North Carolinians and the state’s economic recovery. Cutting the corporate tax rate from 6.9 percent to 4.9 percent will cost the state roughly $400 million in revenue without creating many jobs.

From Together NC:

The details of the Governor’s budget remain to be seen but at this juncture, it appears that Governor Perdue is not taking a balanced approach to the state budget. Her State of the State address indicated a heavy reliance on cuts – $2.2 billion in cuts – instead of modernizing the revenue system.  This majority cuts approach will cripple our state’s economic recovery, now and into the future.

From the NCAE:

NCAE was pleased to hear Governor Perdue say she will not cut any state-supported teacher or teacher assistant positions.  She resolutely stated that she will not eliminate teachers, whose job it is to build the future of this state.

With these expressed commitments to public education, the 60,000 members of NCAE hope that our governor’s upcoming budget proposal will reflect her words, and offer the citizens of our state a budget which protects the classroom, does not put any educators on the unemployment rolls, and wisely invests in North Carolina’s future – our children.

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