Perdue: campaigning for the education tax

Gov. Bev Perdue continues to campaign for her proposal to increase the sales tax by three-quarters of a cent to fund education. Republican leaders in the General Assembly continue to declare the idea DOA.

Maybe she should refer them to the latest Elon University Poll that shows North Carolinians support such a levy 53% to 43%.

Education funding is already a big issue in the state and will get bigger as Election Day gets closer. The Wake County school system is trying to figure out how to avoid teacher layoffs. School systems across the state are struggling to deal with budget cuts. The governor and a conservative group are squabbling over who has done the most for education.

We have not polled on the state’s approval rating of the governor. She answered that question herself, somewhat, when she announced she would not seek a second term. We have polled on the approval rating of the General Assembly. It’s not good.

— John Robinson

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