NC House and Senate members spending their first full week back in their home districts will undoubtedly be talking up tax reform and efforts to spur economic growth over the seven-month session. But even as lawmakers tout their business-friendly agenda, Ran Coble with the NC Center for Public Policy Research  says they will need to own up to another round of cuts made to public education:
“From the public schools you are taking almost 4,000 teaching assistants. There’s no raise for teachers,” explained Coble. “You’ve got cuts to the Department of Public Instruction, cuts to things that get people into the teaching profession, which I worry about long-term.”
Coble, who appeared on News & Views with Chris Fitzsimon last weekend, notes the latest budget also cuts the UNC-system by another $66 million. While the community college system fared better, its students will see a $2.50 per credit hour increase in tuition.
To hear Coble’s take on the winners and losers of this legislative session, visit the Radio Interview  section of the NC Policy Watch website where you can listen online or download a podcast of the extended interview .
For a closer look at the numbers from this legislative session, be sure to read Monday’s Fitzsimon File .