Budget shenanigans

After grabbing headlines about a 7% teacher raise that seems to be...er...misleading at best, the Tillisberger released the budget under cover of darkness. Senators got copies on theirs desks at 8:30 a.m. and were expected to vote on the 260-page bill at 10:15 a.m.

It's no wonder that Phil & Thom want to keep the budget secret, because it has all kinds of sleazy little personal pet provisions in it, including:

  • Moving the SBI from the Attorney General's control to the control of the governor whose administration is being investigated by the SBI (something the wing nuts have been trying to do for a long time);
  • Moves the ABC & ALE to new places too;
  • Eliminates 4 badly needed special judges;
  • Says that citizens can challenge NC's unconstitutional laws only before a 3-judge panel, rather than a Superior Court judge (something that is unconstitutional in and of itself);
  • cuts health & human services spending even more, including an additional 1% cut in provider reimbursement rates;
  • changes the eligibility rules for elderly, blind and disabled people, after trumpeting the lie that they were not changing said eligibility rules;
  • orders the SBOE to create two virtual charter schools;
  • and more, much, much more.

So this "budget revision" is largely the catchall for all the lunatic fringe idiocy, political payback and ALEC elements that the House and Senate leaders have wanted to get passed for awhile but couldn't because of various obstacles and pressure.

So they shoved it all in the budget, which they will order the rank and file to pass. Because teacher pay.

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One example

of the wingnut ideology-driven lunacy of this "budget": HHS and universities take substantial cuts while more than $200,000 is allocated for 3 new inspectors to find non-existent voter fraud.

Yeah, really.

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"I will have a priority on building relationships with the minority caucus. I want to put substance behind those campaign speeches." -- Thom Tillis, Nov. 5, 2014

I find it a bit funny how at

I find it a bit funny how at 11:25, Wednesday, I received a text from a friend with a picture of Thom at the airport getting on the same flight to NYC. Isn't he supposed to be working? I guess he was just trying the old "duck and cover".

All part of the master plan

Thommy was pissed that he couldn't get out and campaign. He continued to lose ground in the polls as the do-nothing NCGA session dragged on.

He made a deal with Phil to allow many of the Senate firestorm items into the budget so long as Phil would mostly adopt the House framework. They did a joint press conference during which they trumpeted teacher raises while keeping teacher assistants and not changing Medicaid eligibility. SPARKLEPONIES! Of course, that turns out to be mostly untrue.

But it doesn't matter. They have enough drones who will do what they're told and pass the budget (most of which consists of non-budget items that they tried to ram through before and failed).

Then Thom can get back on the campaign trail.

And that's what counts. Screw the people of North Carolina (yeah, he just did).

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"I will have a priority on building relationships with the minority caucus. I want to put substance behind those campaign speeches." -- Thom Tillis, Nov. 5, 2014