The more North Carolina residents learn about the two-year budget plan approved by the N.C. General Assembly over the objections of Gov. Beverly Perdue, the less they approve of the decisions it contains. Their concern seems well placed as each passing day seems to bring another budget-based disappointment to light, the latest being cuts to popular programs at the Governor's School.
Even at a time of limited resources, when each dollar spent by the state should be used to maximum effectiveness, gutting effective programs like those at the Governor's School represents a tremendous miscalculation. North Carolina should look to expand opportunities for educational enrichment and doing otherwise is a disservice to students, present and future.
Public Police Polling released new numbers this week that show deep dissatisfaction with the budget plan approved in June by the Legislature. Five Democratic lawmakers joined the Republican majority to override the governor's veto, but the $19.7 billion spending blueprint now only enjoys 20 percent approval. The Democratic-based polling firm found that only 18 percent of respondents believe the budget will create jobs.
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