RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Two conservative-leaning organizations are starting a tour of North Carolina communities to reinforce their advertising campaign designed to highlight what they call positive aspects of the Republican-developed state budget.
The Americans for Prosperity Foundation and John William Pope Civitas Institute planned to begin their "Real Solutions Road Tour" on Tuesday with stops in Burlington, Greensboro, Winston-Salem, High Point and Lexington. Other stops were planned Wednesday and Thursday.
The effort features a mobile billboard that promotes a web site that includes information about the budget and the groups' television ad.
The commercial says the current year's budget lowered taxes and hired more state-funded teachers, but Democrats say it doesn't mention the spending plan raised fees and led local school districts to eliminate teacher and teacher assistant positions.