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Opinion

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Perdue calling on her to “take a balanced approach” to the state’s budget crisis, including reform of the state’s outdated revenue system.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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...without new health reform law

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has released a new analysis showing that, without the Affordable Care Act, up to 4.1 million non-elderly North Carolina residents who have some type of pre-existing health condition, like heart disease, high blood pressure, arthritis or cancer, would be at risk of losing health insurance when they need it most, or be denied coverage altogether. Across the country, up to 129 million Americans would be at risk.

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