DAG McCrony got off leash for awhile and the legislators didn't like it. It seems that some of the folks on Jones Street are questioning whether the DAG has the authority to make the sweeping privatization changes that he has proposed at the Department of Commerce
Gov. Pat McCrory's administration is poised to move dozens of jobs and millions of public dollars to a recently formed private nonprofit early next year.
The DAG's proposal is based on a "brief and vaguely written provision in the state budget passed earlier this year". This isn't the first time that poorly written legislation has caused problems. It seems that some in the legislature interpret the vaguely written provision differently than the DAG:
"I think we made it pretty clear to them to get the (public-private partnership) started and no more than that," [state senator Harry] Brown said Friday.
It seems that the lessons of the DAG's impotent vetoes have already been forgotten, and the NCGA is about to remind McCrony who is in charge.
But here's the funniest part of the article:
The reorganization plan ... must first be approved by the Office of State Budget and Management. Budget Director Art Pope said late Friday that his staff is reviewing the plan, which he received in the past couple of days, and that he hopes to make a decision early next week on whether to approve it.
Yeah, right, Art. You just saw the plan a couple of days ago...after you wrote it! When Pope Art I reminds us that he's deciding whether to approve the plan, he's reminding Harry Brown and the other legislators that he has bought and paid for the NCGA.
So let's not forget who's REALLY in charge.