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Deep Budget Cuts

North Carolina’s General Assembly recently passed the budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1st. The $19.7 billion budget was vetoed by Democratic Governor Bev Perdue. But a handful of Democrats sided with Republicans, giving them enough votes to override that veto.

Host Frank Stasio looks at three areas hit hardest by budget cuts: education, the environment, and women’s healthcare. Joining him are Dee Freeman, Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources; Alison Kiser, Field Manager at Planned Parenthood of Central North Carolina; Rukiya Dillahunt, a community activist and retired teacher in Wake County; and Janet Howard, volunteer executive director for the Harriet B. Webster Task Force for Student Success.

Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.