Perdue poised to sign controversial budget - | WBTV Charlotte

Perdue poised to sign controversial budget

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue is poised to sign the state's budget. It requires one more vote, scheduled for today, but it is expected to pass.

If all goes according to plan, this will be the first time in seven years that North Carolina will have a budget in place before the fiscal year starts. 

But that doesn't mean law makers are happy with it.

Perdue has said she's proud of the nearly $19 billion spending plan - one major reason why is because it avoids cutting teacher jobs.

In fact, the budget does not include many of the deep cuts citizens were warned about, and that's where the concern comes in.

Republicans say Democrats didn't cut enough and didn't deal with next year's deficit, which is assured, because tax increases adopted last year will expire and federal stimulus money will run out.

And economists say the deficit could reach $3 billion.

N. C. GOP Chair Tom Fetzer says, "there were no tough decisions made in it. The budget is very irresponsible - it's this legislature passing onto the people who will succeed it a $3 billion dollar shortfall, which is just unconscionable."

But Democrats say they did what they could with what they had.

"We're glad to see it done," says Andrew Weiland, executive director of the N. C. Democratic party. "This was a difficult economic time both here in NC, around the country, and around the globe."

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • City of Kannapolis to host movie screening, discussion

    City of Kannapolis to host movie screening, discussion

    Sunday, March 26 2017 4:55 PM EDT2017-03-26 20:55:30 GMT
    Source: pbs.orgSource: pbs.org

     The City of Kannapolis Community Development Commission is hosting a free movie showing of  “A House Divided,” a segment of the “America Divided” series. 

    More >>

     The City of Kannapolis Community Development Commission is hosting a free movie showing of  “A House Divided,” a segment of the “America Divided” series. 

    More >>
  • Family: Please help us, lost phone has only photos of our baby who died

    Family: Please help us, lost phone has only photos of our baby who died

    Sunday, March 26 2017 4:03 PM EDT2017-03-26 20:03:33 GMT

    But for a Charlotte mom, losing her cell phone means losing some of the last pictures she has of her little baby boy Ashton, who died in November.

    More >>

    But for a Charlotte mom, losing her cell phone means losing some of the last pictures she has of her little baby boy Ashton, who died in November.

    More >>
  • Why bears in NC mountains aren’t waiting for spring to emerge

    Why bears in NC mountains aren’t waiting for spring to emerge

    Sunday, March 26 2017 3:30 PM EDT2017-03-26 19:30:02 GMT
    Photo: Tom NoblettPhoto: Tom Noblett

    Asheville residents often see bears. The mountains’ largest city is the focus of a five-year study of urban bears that pass through or live in and around the town. Residents have reason to be wary around animals that can reach 500 pounds, sport inch-long claws and sprint at 35 mph, but they’re also mostly tolerant of them. Because no hunting is allowed, the city serves as a bear sanctuary.

    More >>

    Asheville residents often see bears. The mountains’ largest city is the focus of a five-year study of urban bears that pass through or live in and around the town. Residents have reason to be wary around animals that can reach 500 pounds, sport inch-long claws and sprint at 35 mph, but they’re also mostly tolerant of them. Because no hunting is allowed, the city serves as a bear sanctuary.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly