Thousands gather to protest NC budget, NBC17(05.03.2011)
RALEIGH, N.C. --
Thousands of people are expected to rally in downtown Raleigh Tuesday, protesting proposed cuts in the House budget proposal.
"Declining investment in public schools, educators on the unemployment line and fewer resources for our students threaten the prosperity and future of our state," said Sheri Strickland, NCAE president, in a press release.
Gov. Bev Perdue is expected to speak at the rally.
Organizers expect between 5,000 to 10,000 people from across North Carolina will participate.
Prison chaplains are gathering to lobby to keep state-funded chaplains in North Carolina prisons. The state House proposes cutting 25 of those positions. Chaplains will lobby senators forming its budget.
And an umbrella group of nonprofits called Together NC will protest with horses, a buggy and period costumes, saying the budget takes the state back in time.