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NC state workers group holds anti-layoff rally

RALEIGH — A North Carolina state workers union wants lawmakers to hold back likely layoffs by finding additional tax revenues and cost savings to close a projected $2 billion-plus budget shortfall for next year.

The State Employees Association of North Carolina scheduled a rally today across the street from the Legislative Building. It’s the last of three “Take Pride in Carolina” rallies the association has held this month.

The Raleigh rally on the Bicentennial Mall comes three days before a scheduled vote on a $19 billion House budget proposal that critics argue could lead to more than 20,000 job losses.

The association says Republican lawmakers and Democratic Gov. Beverly Perdue should consider alternatives to layoffs that could generate billions of dollars in savings, like ending corporate incentives and consolidating state health services.

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