Mike Easley, Good Democrat, Rolls Out a Budget

Asheville Citizen-Times: "Gov. Mike Easley today proposed an $18.9 billion budget for the next fiscal year that would use a historic surplus for 8 percent teacher raises, a quarter-penny decrease in the sales tax and nearly $90 million to accelerate mental health reform."

Ah, fiscal sanity. Can you dig it?

Show me one Republican who's going to stand against raising teacher's pay and cutting taxes? I love this proposal.

Also, as a mental health professional, it's a relief to see that the governor gets it on mental health reform. The current reform is underfunding area programs and cutting services that no one else performs.

Here's to you, Mike Easley!


8% is huge....Teachers have seen little to no

increase in pay. First step to education reform is to pay teachers what they are worth. We're still a long way from accomplishing that, but this is certainly a step in the right direction.

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.