Day: May 29, 2012

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If you had a dollar for every time conservative “think tanks” like the Locke Foundation lambasted Democratic General Assemblies over the years for the sin of using “one-time money” (i.e. revenues that could not be counted on in subsequent years) to pay for continuing responsibilities like classroom teachers and various human services programs, you might have enough money to rehire one of the teachers conservative lawmakers fired last year (or at least to pay part of the severance package for the staffers from the Speaker’s office who resigned in the wake of recent scandals). If you doubt, just go to the group’s website and do a search for “one-time money.”

And that’s fine. Dems often deserved such criticism —  though, in fairness, it was often conservative obstructionism to securing the necessary recurring revenues that made  such smoke and mirrors budgeting necessary.

Now, however, the fact that GOP budget-makers are using precisely the same tactic to fund education and other essential services and that it’s the result of their own stubborn and stupid refusal to raise revenue and that the Locke people are lauding the GOP budget really ought to send the hypocrisy meter soaring into the red zone.

 

 

 

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Craig Jarvis of Raleigh’s News & Observer has an interesting (and infuriating) story this morning about the ongoing and downright ridiculous approach pursued by legislative leaders with respect to veto override votes.

It’s been so long since the 2011 session and even the January midnight madness session, that it’s easy to forget that these people are still claiming the authority to override vetoes issued by the Governor last summer — if and when they ever muster the votes.

This is, of course, outrageous. It’s Tom Delay/Scott Walker politics at its worst. Read More

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House budget-writers resume work on Tuesday, with educators keeping a watchful eye on efforts to restore funds to public schools.

Wake County Schools Superintendent Tony Tata says over the last two years his district has made $75 million in cuts, and now needs state lawmakers to make additional funds available as the district grows by another 3,000-4,000 students.

Tata joined us over the Memorial Day weekend to discuss the impact of state budget cuts, the loss of federal Edujobs money, and the district’s student reassignment plan.

To hear a short portion of interview, click below. To hear the full interview, visit the Radio Interview of the N.C. Policy Watch website:

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