The Senate budget subcommittees take up the budget this week with Senate Leader Phil Berger saying their spending plan will likely be smaller  than the $19.3 billion package that passed the House.
Ran Coble, executive director of the N.C. Center for Public Policy Research , says budget writers should be rightfully concerned about the long-term damage that could be caused by deeper cuts to education.
And while the exact number of jobs eliminated from the House budget remains in dispute , Coble notes the proposed cuts will far exceed the 2003 Pillowtex closing , which has had the distinction of being the largest layoff in North Carolina history.
To hear part of Coble’s weekend appearance on News & Views, click below. The full interview (Part 1  & Part 2 ) can be found on the NC Policy Watch radio interview page .
(Also take time to listen to Chris Fitzsimon’s interview with Christy Zemcik , who along with 37,000 North Carolinians, is still waiting for the legislature to act on an extended jobless benefits bill.)