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Hagan FOR NC budget relief; Burr AGAINST

Today in a preliminary Senate vote, the Senate rejected the unemployment bill that includes $500 million in aid to NC for this year’s budget. Senator Hagan voted for this help and Senator Burr voted against helping North Carolina.

Without this budget aid, the NC budget (and the budgets of over 30 other states) will be in big, big trouble. A $500 million hole in our budget would put the NC General Assembly and NC in a tough position. For example, substantial cuts to the UNC system – including a cap in enrollment that caused huge controversy — were avoided last week when budget writers found $85 million more for the system. Budget writers are also routinely making decisions like the House’s to underfund programs like children’s health insurance, so that new kids who need coverage will shortly be turned away.

10 Comments

  1. nike air rift

    June 17, 2010 at 5:02 am

    Excelente post,una vez más

  2. NCDude

    June 17, 2010 at 7:06 am

    We’ll be rethinking the civil war before this is all over. Imagine, the state’s budget and well being of this state dependent on the largess of the federal government. Say it isn’t so!

    The combined state’s budget gaps projected over the next three years is $278B while the federal government will accumulate $2.4T in deficit spending. There’s something rotten in Denmark, and it isn’t state spending. If our country is to survive, both Hagan and Burr need to grow a backbone for what’s coming. Burr seems to have found his.

  3. WILLIAM MURRAT

    June 17, 2010 at 7:30 am

    Hagan has never seen a spending bill that she didn’t like.This mentality will eventually sink us.

  4. Adam Searing

    June 17, 2010 at 10:12 am

    If you have a specific place to actually cut $500 million from the state budget, I’d like to hear it. Republicans in the NC General Assembly are too chicken to make any specific suggestions that actually cut that amount of money.

  5. WILLIAM MURRAT

    June 17, 2010 at 10:54 am

    It’s very simple Adam. State government is bloated, and has grown way too big in recent years. It needs to be downsized, many useless commissions need to be eliminated, and duplicate departments need to be wiped out. There is still way too much administration in the UNC system, and salaries are much too high. It is also fairly obvious that we cannot afford the current benefit structure with pensions and health benefits now much higher than the private sector. Letting an employee retire in his 50’s with full pension and benefits for 20 or 30 years may not be sustainable. The state should make more use of independent contractors and outside companies instead of adding more employees. The state has way too many buildings, vehicles,etc. than it really needs, and wastes so much money with faulty procurement. You could trim a billion and no one would hardly know it.

  6. Adam Linker

    June 17, 2010 at 12:04 pm

    Except state per capita spending has DECREASED over the past ten years. But don’t let the facts get in the way.

  7. WILLIAM MURRAT

    June 17, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    Are you including the$ 2.1 Billion in funds borrowed from the feds for unemployment, federal stimulus money, and all of the borrowing for bond referendums that is not even on the state books? Per capita spending is irrelevant when you can’t pay the bills, can’t refund taxes, and have to depend on a federal government that is also broke. Try running your own personal finances in this fashion , and see how far you get.

  8. Adam Searing

    June 17, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    It’s easy to say cut waste, but hard to come up with specific examples that actually have a price tag associated with them. Giving full retirement benefits to state employees who work 40 years instead of 30 isn’t going to save $1 billion. What are some of these “useless commissions and duplicate departments”? Most $ spent by state government goes to health care, k-12 education, and criminal justice.

  9. Adam Linker

    June 17, 2010 at 2:59 pm

    Government also doesn’t operate like personal finances. I know the desire to make this simplistic comparison is overwhelming, but try to resist.

  10. WILLIAM MURRAT

    June 17, 2010 at 5:59 pm

    Tell that to Greece ! Unless you can print worthless money, expenditures have to equal revenues at some point. We sold worthless mortgage paper to the rest of the world, but now that gig is over. At some point , no one else will want our debt. If you think state government is run efficiently, then maybe you are more naive than I thought.