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Fitzsimon: Governor's budget repairs

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Gov. Beverly Perdue released her budget proposal for the next fiscal year Thursday morning and there are many things to like about it, particularly that it raises new revenue to rehire teachers and restore some of the devastating cuts made to education in the last few years.

There’s plenty more to do however, and if lawmakers had the best interests of North Carolina families in mind, they would expand on Perdue’s proposal by restoring even more of the cuts to education, as well finding more resources for human services, environmental protections, and other vital state services that were also slashed by the Republican budget last year.

But this is an election year and Republicans seem more bound by their rigid right-wing ideology than any common sense approach to address the state’s problems. That means, as Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger made clear this week, that Perdue’s plan to raise the state sales tax by ¾ of a penny is dead on arrival at the General Assembly. The sales tax is not the perfect revenue source, but given the extent of damage the budget cuts have caused, it’s far better than no new source of revenue.

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