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Republican Lawmakers Complete Many Spending Recommendations

Republican lawmakers have completed many spending recommendations that are part of crafting next year's budget.

Republicans seek to spend about a billion dollars less than Governor Bev Perdue recommended in her proposed budget. Many subcommittees released their spending plans yesterday, including Health and Human Services. Democratic lawmakers like Representative VerlaInsko of Chapel Hill are not happy with the proposed cuts. 

Verla Insko: "This is not a compassionate budget. It is essentially an anti-child budget, an anti-woman budget, an anti-poor budget, an anti-disabled budget."

Insko says proposed cuts to Health and Human Services amount to about 400 million in state dollars. The state would lose federal matching money that brings the total loss to more than a billion dollars. The subcommittee also wants to prohibit state or federal funds from getting to Planned Parenthood. 

Jessica Jones covers both the legislature in Raleigh and politics across the state. Before her current assignment, Jessica was given the responsibility to open up WUNC's first Greensboro Bureau at the Triad Stage in 2009. She's a seasoned public radio reporter who's covered everything from education to immigration, and she's a regular contributor to NPR's news programs. Jessica started her career in journalism in Egypt, where she freelanced for international print and radio outlets. After stints in Washington, D.C. with Voice of America and NPR, Jessica joined the staff of WUNC in 1999. She is a graduate of Yale University.
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