The House has approved its version of the budget. Now the House and SEnate working committee will attempt to come to a compromise; then they'll have to sell it to her Highness and get her signature.
I wonder if her blackmail item on this year's budget will be money for palm pilots?
The House version "raids" the Education Lottery fund to the tune of $127,000,000 to maintain 1600 teaching positions. That works out to $79,375 per teacher. Not bad for a 9 month job.
It also fails to address the underfunded health care benefits for state retirees to the tune of $2,000,000,000.
And it really does not take into account the end of Federal stimulus dollars at year end 2010.
It's unfortunate the Senate and House are not required to use the same fiscal rationale those of us who run personal households and budgets have to use.
Meanwhile, the Department of Revenue still has 312,000 tax returns to process with estimated refunds of $222,000,000.
Too bad the Government can not be shut down until the current year obligations are satisfied.
Well, the chopper the Governor enjoys so much is in Brunswick County getting a facelift. Maybe some of the Brunswick County residents, who are still due refunds, can get a judge to allow a lien on the chopper and keep it in the County until the State satisfies its obligations.
Now there's a thought. And maybe it would get her attention if she could not jump on the chopper but had to navigate the Raleigh loops and I-40 when she wants to go someplace.
There is a fiscal armageddon coming right at the tax payers; and the Legislature and Governor refuse to face that reality.
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