Apparently, you do not read the paper or watch the local news on a regular basis.
If you did either of those, every year, past, you would have seen the current and former Governors raiding the Lottery Fund to balance the State Budget or cover the cost of their pet projects.
Would these cuts be necessary had Bev not pulled over $35 Million from the Lottery Fund last year?
Here's another tidbit. Look at the real costs of Medicaid. North Carolina borrowed $2.4 Billion over the past 5 years, from the Federal Government, to keep Medicaid afloat. And this coming fiscal year, North Carolina begins 5 years of interest only payments to the Feds. Try $143 Million this coming fiscal year; and that does not even touch the principal amount which will start being paid down in 2016.
Shall I continue?
How about this. The legislature is working on a budget which will require state employees, and dare I say it, teachers to begin paying a modest portion of their health care costs. And how they whine. And how Bev wants to stand up for teachers. The reality is anyone working in the private sector, who has an employer provided health care plan, has payroll deduction for a portion of the health care costs. Why should state employees and teachers be exempt from similar requirements? And please don't throw out the garbage on how underpaid these folks are. The reality is their compensation is comparable to that of private sector employees. Don't believe me; go look it up; there are various websites which allow you to check. Oh yeah, don't forget paid vacations, and sick leave; both of which are more liberal than that enjoyed by private sector employees.
How about this? Put a time limit on Section 8 and Food stamp benefits for thephysically able. There are plenty of jobs with Food Lion, Lowes, and fast food franchises just to name a few. Why should a segment of the populace be willing to accept a free lifetime ride on the taxpayer's nickel?
And while we're at it, how about doing away with those free cell phones with voice mail?
And if we're really going to do a good job, let's start cutting those programs which promote the teen pregnancies and baby making machines which put a drain on the taxpayer and public resources. Let them do like they did years ago. Hold the Father accountable. Of course that assumes they would know who the Father is. Watch Maury and laugh as an unwed mother forces "suspected" fathers to undergo blood and DNA testing; and then watch her face when 12 or more suspected fathers are found not to be the Father. I'm certain her parents must be proud.
Enough for one day. There are plenty of ways to cut needless expenses. The whining liberals and Democrats will never allow it to happen. In fact watch the Democrats. The current fiscal quagmire was created during their watch. Now the Republicans must try to make chicken salad out of chicken manure. Do the Democrats and Bev accept accountability? NO Way. Lay the blame on the Republicans who are trying to clean up the mess.
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