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Opinion

Most of the education talk in this young General Assembly session has understandably focused on two areas, the potentially devastating budget cuts to public schools and the likelihood that the new Republican majorities will raise the cap on the number of charter schools allowed in the state or remove it completely.

Crippling budget cuts and thousands of layoffs of teachers and teacher assistants are inevitable if Republican leaders continue to refuse to consider raising new revenue to prevent the worst cuts or at least allow the temporary taxes passed in 2009 to continue.

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RALEIGH -- When state legislators are sworn in this week, Republicans will control both chambers of the North Carolina General Assembly for the first time in more than a century.

Their main task will be addressing the state's budget woes, putting together a balanced budget for the next fiscal year that will – without the extension of temporary tax hikes adopted in 2009 – require something on the order of $2 billion in real cuts.

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Super Bowl hype has hit a new high/low with the announcement that game tickets for OUTSIDE of Cowboys Stadium will be offered for $200 a piece, purchased in blocks of four. Super Bowl XLV fans will be provided an array of supersized HD monitors as well as the privilege to buy food and beverages adjusted in price to match the magnificence of the event. In all fairness, those standing outside the taxpayer subsidized 1.15 billion dollar sports dome will get a complimentary scarf.

Along with the neckwear, there’s that intangible called “status” that makes one a little lightheaded if not lighter in the wallet. The hype engine for the Super Bowl is not based on a love and appreciation of a sport but rather built on the idea of selling status. The schmuck who doles out a couple C-notes for bragging rights to almost being at the Super Bowl is nothing compared to companies who pay around $3 million to run a 30-second Super Bowl television ad. And, that doesn’t even count the production cost of the ad.

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A coalition of more than 120 North Carolina groups today delivered a letter to Gov. Beverly Perdue calling on her to “take a balanced approach” to the state’s budget crisis, including reform of the state’s outdated revenue system.

Together NC, a coalition of nonprofit groups, service providers, advocates and grassroots organizations, urged Gov. Perdue to exercise leadership on the budget and reject a jobkilling, cuts-only approach.

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published: 10/18/2013
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