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Opinion

Neglecting a balanced approach, North Carolina lawmakers have created a “fundamentally unbalanced” budget

RALEIGH (June 29, 2011) – State lawmakers passed a budget on June 2nd that will likely impede North Carolina’s fragile recovery, a report released today finds, and place additional pressure on local governments, communities and families across the state.

The $19.7 billion budget for fiscal year 2011-2012 fails to take a balanced approach to the state’s real fiscal challenges, a report from the Budget & Tax Center finds, and also reduces the state’s investments in public structures that support economic growth.

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Anyone with kids tries to drill into them that their actions carry consequences, sometimes far into the future.

The same may apply to North Carolina legislators as they begin redrawing the legislative and congressional district lines which determine who votes for whom.

The process can be bloody, with legislative leaders and their map-drawing lieutenants "double-bunking" colleagues, drawing two incumbents into the same district.

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Listen closely and what you will hear, beneath the babble of political chatter and other mindless political noises distracting you from what’s really going on, are the dying squeals of the Fourth Amendment. It dies a little more with every no-knock raid that is carried out by a SWAT team, every phone call eavesdropped on by FBI agents, and every piece of legislation passed that further undermines the right of every American to be free from governmental intrusions into their private affairs.

Incredibly, with little outcry from the populace, the lengths to which the government will go in its quest for total control have become more extreme with every passing day.

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RALEIGH – The dichotomy in the perspectives was striking.

As North Carolina legislators finished up their primary round of lawmaking for the year, the Republicans who now control the General Assembly said that they had done what they said they would do.

Democrats said that the new majority had overreached, that they were turning back the clock in a centrist state not interested in much of the agenda pursued by the Republicans.

Time, and the next couple of elections, will tell who is correct.

 

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