For a different view on the state budget than the Democrats on the Wake County school board, let's look at what the Wake County Republican Party is saying.
In this week's issue of the Elephant Express, Wake GOP Chairwoman Susan Bryant defends the General Assembly's budget while ripping into Democrats, Gov. Bev Perdue and The News & Observer.
"This budget is no attack on education," Bryant writes about Perdue's complaints. "The Republican legislature worked very hard and produced a budget that fully funds all teachers and teachers’ assistants — and even adds teachers in Grades 1–3. They didn’t cut education…they cut the 'temporary sales tax' you put into effect over a year ago.
Miss Beverly, you told the voters it was a temporary tax and would go away this year. Not if you had your way, it wouldn’t. You ought to thank our valiant Republican legislators, Miss B. They not only kept their promises, they kept yours!"
Bryant links the GOP majorities in the General Assembly, the Wake school board and the Wake board of commissioners. She says all three did what they promised to do during the election.
"We are proud of the Republicans on the Wake County School Board, the Republicans on the Wake County Board of Commissioners, the Republicans in various municipal offices and the Republicans in the State Legislature," Bryant writes. "Do not believe the garbage in the newspaper and in the media. We are doing the right things!"