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Legislator: Last year’s tax cuts impacting ‘essential services’ (video)

State budget negotiations will spill over into next week as lawmakers remain at odds over Medicaid and the best approach for funding raises for teachers and state workers.

Rep. Verla Insko believes legislative leaders may have a difficult time reaching a consensus after last year’s budget cut taxes “too much, too fast.”:

“One of the proposals this year was to reduce funding for children with intellectual and developmental disabilities,” explained the Orange County legislator. “Why would you take a population that deserves help and needs help and remove [services]?”

“The economics is what we talk about a lot…but the real sad thing is we don’t think about the impact on human beings.  These are our children and our community, and we are undermining their ability to have a productive life.”

Rep. Insko appears this weekend on N.C. Policy Watch’s News & Views to discuss the budget, school vouchers, and support for the university system.

For a preview of her radio interview with Chris Fitzsimon, click below:

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Click here for more on how the Senate and House budget proposals would impact programs for young children and working parents.

6 Comments

  1. LayintheSmakDown

    June 20, 2014 at 6:14 pm

    I think in this case “essential” is obviously up for debate. When the progressive view is that we need to add $10 billion on top of already bloated $21 billion spending there is a lot of non-essential spending.

  2. ML

    June 22, 2014 at 9:47 am

    Actually the 10 bil is the civitas’ view of the progressive view. The actual numbers are closer to 1 billion which could be covered by eliminating the taxe cuts and other loopholes for the wealthy and corporations. Nice try and you can drop the 10 bil bogus number you keep mentioning just bc it is on the internet doesn’t make it real.

  3. Alan

    June 22, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    LSD only quotes the $10B number as that’s what his employer keeps telling him to push. A bit like the “massive increase in public education funding” he kept pushing a while back. Since when do the facts matter to Team Civitas?

    Every time I see LSD post (usually 1st on every topic), I keep getting this mental picture of Sarah Palin…

  4. Alex

    June 23, 2014 at 8:46 am

    It’s funny but every time I see one of Alan’s postings, I can’t help but think of Joe Biden.

  5. Alan

    June 23, 2014 at 9:16 am

    Well, that was original! I’m sure Joe would be impressed that someone of your calibre keeps thinking about him.

    Must be a quiet day in the office, “Alex”?

  6. LayintheSmakDown

    June 23, 2014 at 6:33 pm

    Alex, in learned circles he is called PeePaw.
    I usually associate Alan with this quote from Macbeth “a poor player, That struts and frets his hour upon the stage, And then is heard no more, it is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing”.