As the 2019 General Assembly prepares to get underway, state lawmakers would do well to read and heed the latest Capitol Broadcasting Company editorial on WRAL.com, “Quality is sacrificed with bargain basement government.” Here are some highlights:
When it comes to excellence, North Carolina seems satisfied with achieving unparalleled mediocrity.
Why work to be the best when the state can continue to give unnecessary tax breaks to corporations – on top of massive federal tax cuts? Then, after revenues dry up, explain away stagnation with “that’s the best we can do with the money we have” to deliver important government responsibilities that are just alright? It’s government on the cheap. In too many cases, North Carolina taxpayers aren’t even getting what they pay for.
The editorial then goes on to provide a list of areas in which the state’s mediocre (or worse) performance is all too obvious — per student public school spending, overall public school performance, health funding and infant mortality prevention, and even economic development.
Here’s the on-the-mark conclusion:
There is no hiding the diminished aspirations of leaders who aren’t willing to spend more than merely what is needed to get the job done.
There is no demand for excellence and no dedication to constant improvement.
Just get by, that’s fine. That’s the clear message.
But it’s not a message that meets our State Constitution’s mandate that every child receive a quality education.
It is not a message that says North Carolina is a state that cares about the wellbeing of all of its citizens. It is not a message that tells economic development prospects they’ll find an environment that fosters a quality workforce and growth.
As the General Assembly prepares to start a new session, it is time to lift the state out of the bargain basement.
Click here to read the entire editorial.