A new BTC Brief released this morning demonstrates that, by any reasonable measure, state funding for core services like education, health and human services, public safety, and other general government services is historically low.
For nearly four decades, state funding for core General Fund services like public schools, community colleges, universities, mental and physical health, and public safety typically hovered between 6 and 6.5 percent of the combined total of all North Carolina residents’ annual incomes. As shown in the chart at right, the new state budget represents a major departure from recent historical precedent.
The consequences of this reduced commitment to state public investments have already started to become clear: fewer teachers and teacher-assistants in the classroom, longer waiting lists for child-care subsidies, higher tuition and fewer classes for university and community college students, and the potential elimination of vital health services for elderly, disabled, and indigent North Carolinians. Read More