N.C. Democrats appear headed to make education a top issue in the 2012 elections. At the Jefferson-Jackson Dinner in Raleigh, party faithful are watching a video highlighting the progress in education in North Carolina under Democratic governors. They contrast that progress with a claim that the Republicans now holding majorities in the General Assembly are bent on hurting education.
“We cannot let them slash and burn and really drastically hurt education in North Carolina,” former Democratic Gov. Jim Hunt said in the video.
The video heralded current Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue for being willing to stand up to the GOP legislative majorities.
“We understand fundamentally that education equals econ development,” Perdue said.
“You can’t have progress…. unless the people of North Carolina understand that it takes tax revenue to support those services,” Perdue said.
Perdue talked about the state’s education system. She talked about how prospective industries want to know about what the state has to offer in education.
“Education is the fundamental promise of this state,” Perdue said. “Elections have consequences.”