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Gov. Perdue calls budget compromise a charade
Written by Josh Ellis/Bruce Ferrell   
Wednesday, 01 June 2011 09:13

(RALEIGH) -- A compromise state budget with enough Democratic support to withstand a veto from Governor Perdue could be on her desk by this weekend. Senate President Phil Berger said this package meets the Republicans goals to not extend temporary taxes, reduce spending and protect the classroom.

"We have a budget agreement that does all of those things, that provides for all of the teaching assistant positions to be retained, provides for all of the teaching positions in K-12 to be retained," said Berger.

Berger said the current plan is for the Senate to hold votes Wednesday and Thursday, and the House will meet in rare Friday and Saturday sessions to approve the plan and send it the Governor.

Gov. Perdue was quick to respond to the plan with her disapproval. She called the compromise budget plan a ‘charade’. "There is nothing else left for them to cut but warm bodies and teacher, educators, teacher's assistants, so don't let them fool you.  They are not protecting public classrooms.  The thing that irritates me so much, it just makes me so angry is that they don't have to do this," said Perdue.
 
She contends that the budget just moves money around, leaving it to local school districts to make tough choices.

 
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