Governor: NC favors education tax over GOP’s deep cuts, “extreme” social legislation (audio)

Governor Bev Perdue says Republican legislative leaders who challenged her to debate the merits of her proposed tax hike, should abandon the political stunts and focus on improving education.

The governor told N.C. Policy Watch Wednesday that North Carolinians who may have at one time rejected a fractional tax hike,  do not like seeing good teachers laid off, community college classes canceled, or university tuition balloon because of “deep and unnecessary cuts” by the Republican-controlled General Assembly.

“I don’t understand leaders who think it’s good for the state to fire teachers. I don’t get that. I don’t get leaders who want to raise tuition by 18%. I don’t get that. It’s the wrong decision for the future on North Carolina,” said the Governor.

Perdue received some critical support Wednesday as 53 mayors issued an open letter backing her call to temporarily raise the sales tax 3/4 of a penny with the new revenue devoted to education.

“The legislature’s budget has hurt education at all levels – from pre-k all the way through higher education – and has led to higher class sizes and the loss of teacher and teaching assistant positions right here in our local schools,” the mayors wrote. “With their budget forcing even more teacher layoffs next year, we must act to prevent these additional cuts.”

North Carolina public schools stand to lose $269 million in 2012-2013 in expiring federal funding and additional cuts built into the next year’s budget.

Governor Perdue appears on News & Views with Chris Fitzsimon this weekend to make the case for her plan to raise the state sales tax to restore education funding.  To hear a preview of the radio interview, including Perdue’s response to  Senate President Pro-Tem Phil Berger and  House Speaker Thom Tillis’ challenge for a debate with the governor, click below:

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4 Comments

  1. Frances Jenkins

    January 25, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    Everything Perdue says is a lie. The number of classroom teachers lost as well as the rise in the cost for college is not what old Perdue who does not speak in complete thoughts wants to be known. She avoided a DWI and she ran a corrupt campaign. You people support her. I am shocked. She is example of corruption in politics in North Carolina.

  2. Alex

    January 26, 2012 at 7:28 am

    Behind all of the make-up and age lines, I’m just not sure there’s much substance when it comes to Perdue. Why do I always think of the Stepford wives when I hear her speak ?

  3. david esmay

    January 26, 2012 at 9:29 am

    @Alex, it’s because you spent to much time staring at pictures of Michele Bachmann. @Frances, do you have kids in school? I do, from elementary to college, and we’re feeling those budget cuts. Look up the numbers on the state board of education website, or the stae teachers assoc, or better yet, talk to someone involved in education, or better yet, educate yourself, and then you be able create an informed opinion on a subject.

  4. Jack

    January 26, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    Does that mean that Gov. Purdue is going to run for a second term. If everything she says is a lie then the opposite of what she said must be true. Since I’m one of “those people” that voted for the Govenor I guess I’ll get another change to do the same again.