Helping those who can’t help themselves and preparing North Carolina for continued growth: These are two of the guiding principles that Gov. McCrory said were behind his proposed budget for the fiscal year that begins in July and that will be released this week. However, these two stated principles in particular, on a list of many, highlight a disconnect between rhetoric and actual policy decisions enacted in recent years.
The Governor made a case for how his proposed budget meets these two particular principles by highlighting the $2 billion infrastructure bond that North Carolina voters passed earlier this year in March. The Governor’s proposal also includes about $36.3 million additional dollars for mental health and substance abuse treatment, health services for individuals with Alzheimer’s, and developmental disabilities services. These proposed public investments are positive steps, yet fall far short of meeting the needs of a growing state.
Here are just a few examples of decisions made by the Governor and state leaders in recent years that do not align with the Governor’s “guiding principles.” Read more