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 Perdue to house: Raise taxes!

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PostSubject: Perdue to house: Raise taxes!   Tue Jun 09, 2009 3:51 am

Perdue to House: raise taxes

Submitted by bniolet on June 8, 2009 - 3:13pm.
Tags: Beverly Perdue | budget '10 | taxes | Under the Dome

Gov. Beverly Perdue urged the House budget writers to consider raising taxes in its budget proposal.
The House has prepared a draft budget that cuts more than $4 billion
from state spending. The remaining issue for the Democrats in the House
who write the budget is whether they will raise taxes or fees to
mitigate the depth of those cuts.
"With North Carolina facing an unprecedented budget shortfall, I
call on House members to utilize a combination of spending reductions
and new revenue in their budget," Perdue said in a statement Monday.
The House is expected to vote on a budget proposal by the end of the
week. Democrats are scheduled to caucus late this afternoon.
Perdue and the Senate both counted on hundreds of millions in new
taxes for their budgets. Perdue proposed steep hikes on alcohol and
cigarettes. The Senate opted for a revised tax structure that would
include new taxes on services.

I urge everyone to go to the link and read the "comments". To say this is becoming a heated debate would simply not do the commentary justice...
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PostSubject: Re: Perdue to house: Raise taxes!   Tue Jun 09, 2009 2:29 pm

What happened to the stimulus money? And for Perdue to instruct the House to raise taxes, while they try to cut the budget shortfall will in essence be burning the candle at both ends, a quicker way to sure demise. At this point in time we really don't need any more art in public areas, decorated garbage cans nor should the state be funding anything that is not crucial to lives, and throw out the building and maintenance of things just aesthetically pleasing.
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PostSubject: Re: Perdue to house: Raise taxes!   Tue Jun 09, 2009 3:43 pm

Yes - great questions, and check this out. I don't mind paying some taxes and expect that there will be less services, but these corrupt politicians are ridiculous when they act like we don't know what's going on. The video from ABC news says it all.

Thu, 02/19/2009 - 10:18pm — ncgop ShareThis
RALEIGH— This week, Governor Perdue returned from vacation and quickly created two new North Carolina jobs. First, she hired Dempsey Benton to head the newly created Office of Economic Recovery & Investment to coordinate and track North Carolina's federal stimulus funds. Benton will be paid $98,500 annually in his new position. Next, she appointed Ted Vaden, News & Observer public editor, to serve as deputy secretary of communications at the N.C. Department of Transportation. Vaden will be paid $117,403 annually.

There is currently a hiring freeze across state government.

Governor Perdue told ABC 11 in Raleigh when asked about the hires, "I don't try and defend the decisions I make." ("Perdue's recent hires questioned,", 2/19/09)

Chairman Linda Daves, North Carolina Republican Party, made the following statement:

"As the state faces a budget crisis, soaring unemployment, and state government faces a hiring freeze, what is Governor Perdue doing? The governor says that she is not defending the decisions she makes. Apparently, Governor Perdue is hiring political cronies to do that for her. What she needs to do is stop putting her political interests ahead of the best interests of North Carolinians.

Governor Perdue must produce a comprehensive plan to address the state's budget shortfall immediately. Creating new departments and adding to the bureaucracy of state government is not the best way to do that. N.C. DOT needs to stop wasting money and start building roads. No amount of good PR can cover over the massive failures that are happening in the department. One thing is for sure. If Governor Perdue keeps making decisions like this, those in charge of the spin machine will be earning their keep."

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PostSubject: And then she rewrote the lottery law...........   Tue Jun 09, 2009 4:36 pm

Editorial: Perdue's lottery grab violates state's promise
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Gov. Bev Perdue hit an $88 million lottery jackpot last week, and all it cost was the state's integrity.

The governor had a compelling reason to move that much money from lottery accounts to the state's general fund. Nevertheless, her action contradicts the 2005 lottery law and breaks faith with the public.

The lottery was established to raise money for public education. It's written into law. Shifting proceeds to the general fund makes them available to spend for any purpose.

Perdue ordered the transfer of $50 million from the lottery reserve fund, leaving it empty. She took an additional $38 million intended for allocation to counties for school construction.

She claims constitutional authority to override the lottery law, and she may be correct. The state constitution requires a balanced budget and charges the governor to "continually survey the collection of the revenue and ... effect the necessary economies in state expenditures" to eliminate any deficit.

What do you suppose comes next???
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