With state lawmakers projecting a $3 billion shortfall because of the economic recession, Rep. Kelly Alexander Jr. of Charlotte is asking taxpayers to make their feelings known about anticipated budget cuts.

House budget writers will hold a hearing next week to gather public comments about the budget. The hearing will be from 6-9 p.m. on Tuesday, April 28, at the North Carolina Museum of History.

Ten community colleges across the state, including Central Piedmont Community College, will host interactive broadcasts of the hearing, which will be streamed live on the Internet.

“If at all possible I urge you to attend…to show your concern about the budget,” Alexander wrote to voters in a recent email blast. “This will be the best way for you to personally help us set the budget priorities of the House.”

Each speaker will have two minutes to share information. Other rules may also be established and will be available online at www.ncleg.net closer to the date of the hearing. Information about how to submit written comments and how to access the online broadcast will also be available at the site.

The CPCC broadcast will be in the Richard Hagemeyer Learning Resources Center, Room LR 035 on the Central Campus near uptown Charlotte.

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