Berger skeptical of NC governor's budget ideas

RALEIGH, NC (AP) - The leader of the North Carolina Senate says he's unsure how Gov. Beverly Perdue could carry out proposals she talked about in her State of the State address without requiring a pair of temporary taxes be extended beyond this year.

GOP Sen. Phil Berger gave the official Republican response to Perdue's speech at the Legislative Building on Monday night.

Perdue didn't say in her speech whether she would seek to extend the sales and income tax increases approved in 2009 by a Democratic-led Legislature and signed into law by the governor. Berger said the GOP would follow through and let the taxes expire when the law said they would.

Berger also said policies championed by Democrats and Perdue sound appealing but have proven ineffective and costly over the years.
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