A new television infomercial from the N.C. Education Lottery predicts layoffs in education at the same time that Gov. Beverly Perdue halted the state budget because she is insisting on no reductions in per pupil spending.
The lottery broadcast an interview-style commercial, an infomercial, with one of its top executives, Deputy Executive Director Alice Garland, on NBC 17 in Raleigh Friday morning.
The commercial boasts about the more than $1 billion the lottery has raised for education in three years. The interviewer asks about education funding and Garland explains that the education portion of the state budget is likely to be 14 percent less than last year and, of that money, 90 percent is salaries.
"When you have that kind of a decrease, you're going to have to have layoffs," Garland says in the ad.
Perdue slammed the brakes on the budget process this week because lawmakers weren't raising enough money to keep per pupil spending at the same level.
The infomercial was taped a month before Perdue's actions on the budget.
UPDATE: Perdue's press secretary, Chrissy Pearson, said the infomercial added to Perdue's message: "It is precisely because of the possibility of teacher layoffs that Gov. Perdue is working so hard to protect the funding for public schools in the budget."