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Tea Partiers forced to confront reality

No one is under any illusion that the newly elected conservatives in the N.C. General Assembly will now admit the error of their ways, but it was refreshing and even hope-inducing to listen to the plainspoken, wonky budget presentation that legislative fiscal analyst Richard Bostic delivered to new House members this morning (click here to see the slideshow – Bostic’s section begins on page 35).

Bostic’s presentation showed in the plainest, simplest, most black and white terms: a) just how frugal past legislatures have actually been, b) how the vast majority of state general fund spending is tied up in paying for teachers, medical care and guarding prisoners, c) how absurd it is to talk cavalierly about slashing these items, and d) how few options the new General Assembly will have if it really tries to balance things with cuts alone.

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  1. Louie

    December 15, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    excellent, thanks for sharing…will pass along to John Hood