BlueNC already established that the NC House budget that relies on phantom revenues from the NC lottery is a great big gamble.
Today the Raleigh News & Observer reports that Tillis and his loon posse should have known that their lottery revenue estimates were bogus.
The House budget that won approval Friday overestimates how much lottery money the state is expected to receive, documents show, jeopardizing Republicans’ plan to increase teacher pay.
The N.C. Education Lottery warned legislative staffers that the House’s plan to boost lottery sales by doubling the advertising budget would generate only $59 million next year – far less than the $106 million designated in the budget.
So the folks at the lottery told the folks in the Jones Street House of Pain that they were nearly $50 million short, but the NC GOP, presumably following orders not to do anything to make Tillis look bad, rammed through their budget anyway, knowing it was a great big load of crap.
State Rep. Nelson Dollar, the lead House budget writer, would not say whether he saw the projection before the House vote.
Translation: State Rep. Nelson "Anything for a" Dollar saw the projection before the House vote and chose to cover it up because he realized it would cause his house of cards to fall.
But Nelson isn't the only one attempting a cover-up. Big-boy Pants Thom wants a cover-up too:
The lottery commission declined to discuss the analysis. A lottery spokesman said that an attorney for Speaker Thom Tillis asked the agency to first consult with the attorney general’s office to determine whether it qualified as confidential communication.
Tillis not only has a gambling problem, he has an honesty problem, an ethics problem, a budget problem, a revenue problem, a teacher problem and a problem with getting enough votes in the US Senate race.