Top 10 Reasons the 2014-15 Budget is Bad
- The budget is built on an ill-conceived tax cut plan for the wealthy and for-profit corporations and is unsustainable.
- The budget is an unfulfilled promise for public education and only a small down payment on the State’s IOU to students, public education and educators.
- The budget continues to disrespect educators who want to earn a master’s or other degree.
- The budget does not provide a 7 percent raise, as it takes away longevity and folds it into the salary steps for teachers.
- The budget is not a comprehensive plan and is not committed to moving NC teacher salaries to the national average.
- The budget creates inequity for public school state employees and non-public school state employees by providing different raises.
- The budget expands the use of taxpayer dollars for vouchers without accountability.
- The budget appears to shift needed resources to non-recurring allocations and unstable funding sources.
- The budget will place an extra burden on locals as they have to decide what to fund, what to cut and what to maintain for quality public education.
- The budget has many details that have not been shared for discussion in a transparent setting or opportunity for input.
*Facts based on what has been shared as of July 29, 2014