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Why the proposed House budget is inadequate in one simple graphic

If you want to understand why North Carolina continues to struggle to fund the basic public services that provide a framework for a middle class society, check out the following graphic. As it demonstrates, even with the much ballyhooed bumps in spending contained in the House budget proposal, the state would still be spending less than it did before the Great Recession — a point at which public investments were already anemic in many critical areas.  And, of course, inadequate as it is, the House proposal is already being dismissed by members of the Senate and their Tea Partying allies as overly generous. The bottom line message from the power-that-be for their fellow North Carolinians : The pain will continue until morale improves.

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  1. LayintheSmakDown

    May 22, 2015 at 9:36 pm

    It is definitely inadequate in that not enough has been cut from it yet. Hopefully the Senate version will go without any real increase. Maybe just the $400 million windfall could be put in to increase.

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