State Rep. Justice disagrees with state budget

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Posted by Debra Worley - email
Writing contributed by WECT intern Michelle Peck

PENDER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - State representatives have adopted their version of the 2009-2010 state budget after the House passed its version, and taxes appear to be increasing.

State representatives approved a restoration package designed to help reduce the number of teachers that could be laid off.

The package would reduce the number of medicaid cuts, but increase taxes. A tax could be added to delivery services, car repairs, and anyone who makes more than $200,000 a year.

"You think we're in trouble, think about those people who don't have a job and can't pay for things," said State Representative Carolyn Justice. "So you can't be mad at people who aren't paying taxes cause they don't have a job. And that's why many of us are against the tax increases."

Justice disagrees with the budget and says her colleagues should have looked at other alternatives.

"We can cut 25-million dollars for a pier in Nags Head being built," said Justice. "We can stop doing huge job incentives for apple computers, some of us think it was thrown among us this threat we're going to cut teachers, cut children services to frighten people into agreeing with a tax increase."

Residents are concerned the money usually designated for hurricane relief will be eliminated, leaving them with no disaster funds in case a storm hits.

"If we have an event who are we going to turn to," said Justice. "The National Guard will show up. I don't know how they'll pay them."

Now that the House has adopted its budget, it will go to the Senate, lawmakers have until June 30 to reach an agreement.

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