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Budget bill off the fast track

Today’s Fitzsimon File explains that this is a ray of sunshine on an otherwise bleak state legislative picture.

I like this part:

“Several House budget subcommittees did meet Tuesday morning to go over their wish lists, but the budget chairs didn’t even seem to know how much money they have to work with. That doesn’t sound like a budget process that will be over soon—and that’s good news.

It gives lawmakers the chance to think twice about last year’s cuts and to consider proposals by Governor Bev Perdue and public interest groups to raise additional revenue to provide more funding for education and human services.

Together NC released a poll Tuesday showing that the majority of voters support new revenue, including a penny increase in the state sales tax, closing corporate tax loopholes, and asking the wealthy to do more. That deserves a committee meeting or two.

It all adds up to an unexpected ray of hope in this summer legislative session.

The budget is clearly off the fast track. Now let’s hope it veers back toward sanity and away from the dangerous direction it headed last summer.”

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