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A Tale of Two Budgets (video)

As debate began Tuesday morning on the House budget, Republican legislators were quick to defend their decisions.

Randolph County Rep. Harold Brubaker said the choices they have made will create “a balanced and right-sized government.”

Cabarus County Rep. Linda Johnson acknowledged while fees would be raised to pay for government services in this budget, the “fees were in no way a tax increase.”

Stanly County Rep. Justin Burr told his colleagues this budget “protected our services….our hospitals, our schools, the facilities, the mental health beds.”

Gov. Bev Perdue has said the GOP’s budget blueprint will force 30,000 public employee layoffs.

Thousands of teachers, teaching assistants, and principals are expected to converge on Raleigh later this afternoon to protest the budget bill, and urge lawmakers to spare thousands of education jobs.

The TogetherNC  coalition is staging a mid-day protest outside the General Assembly with the message that the cuts-only approach put forth by the new majority will set North Carolina back decades.

To hear Republican House members describe their budget choices, click below:

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