Gov. Bev Perdue attended a briefing with representatives of the aerospace industry and other North Carolina business leaders this afternoon about the harmful impact that sequestration cuts would have on jobs, schools and other priorities in North Carolina.
Earlier this week, several U.S. Senators were in North Carolina discussing sequestration. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) acknowledged that a deal to avoid the sequestration cuts would have to include new revenue. And just yesterday, Sen. Graham urged Gov. Romney to support new revenue as part of a balanced plan.
After today's briefing, Gov. Perdue echoed Sen. Graham's comments and urged Gov. Romney to speak out and support a balanced deficit reduction approach that will both tackle our fiscal challenges and enable us to avoid the drastic cuts to the military, our schools, and other priorities that are scheduled to occur as a result of sequestration.
Governor Perdue issued the following statement:
"I believe that most North Carolinians support a balanced approach that would reduce the deficit and avoid the damaging impact of sequestration. President Obama has put forward a plan that would accomplish this with $2.50 in spending cuts for every $1 of new revenue.
I am calling on Mitt Romney and members of Congress from both sides of the aisle to support a balanced deficit reduction package that would preserve jobs, protect schools, and address our long-term security and budget needs.
This is so important for North Carolina and for the nation. We need a balanced approach."