Conservatives sure are running state government “like a business”

If you had dollar for every time conservative politicians promised to start “running North Carolina like a business” back when they were engineering their rise to power at the start of the decade, you’d have a lot of money — maybe enough to hire back some of the educators they’ve fired since then.

This morning, the business that comes to mind when you think about their performance is Enron: a deceptive and secretive shell game that fell apart when people finally figured out what the heck was going on. As Raleigh’s News & Observer reports:

“Several top Republican lawmakers say they likely won’t reach a budget deal by an Aug. 14 deadline – a delay that will prolong uncertainty for public schools and other agencies that depend on state funding.

Since the last fiscal year ended June 30, the state has been operating under a temporary budget that keeps government running at current spending levels.

But the House and Senate budget writers tasked with negotiating a permanent spending agreement haven’t met yet….”

And while it’s true that the House version of the budget is, though badly inadequate, much superior to the Senate’s (thus providing good reason for House members to fight hard in negotiations), this really is getting past the point of being ridiculous. The public schools are paralyzed on many important decisions, the Governor is a complete, ribbon-cutting non-factor and people are seriously talking about things dragging on well into the fall. At some point, it gets down to a matter of basic competence to run the state and a commitment to governing, and unless things get moving in a good direction and fast, one has to conclude that the folks in charge in Raleigh these days simply don’t have either one.

One Comment

  1. LayintheSmakDown

    July 30, 2015 at 3:51 pm

    This is far from an Enron or democrat like budget process. These guys are arguing the points among themselves via the same process that all government budgets are argued. What if they had just rammed through something quickly in the dark of night like the democrats used to do? Your head would be spinning just as fast. It must be nice..or more likely depressing… to be able to find fault no matter what goes on.

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