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The term "bully pulpit" stems from President Theodore Roosevelt's reference to the White House as a "bully pulpit," meaning a terrific platform from which to persuasively advocate an agenda. Roosevelt often used the word "bully" as an adjective meaning superb/wonderful. The Bully Pulpit features news, reasoned discourse, opinion and some humor.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Easley announces his $20.1 billion spending plan

RALEIGH (Winston-Salem Journal) - Gov. Mike Easley wants to keep two "temporary" taxes the Legislature started phasing out last year, eliminate income taxes for poor people and expand access to higher education.

His $20.1 billion spending plan released Thursday for the year starting July 1 would also raise teacher pay an average of 5 percent as Easley works to keep his pledge to get salaries above the national average next year, before he leaves office.

As highlighted in his address to state lawmakers earlier this week, Easley's budget would eliminate income taxes for 545,000 individuals and families and reduce them for an additional 629,000.

The $90 million package of tax cuts also includes tax deductions for college tuition and would allow small business to write off more expenses.


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