A new committee of legislators that is looking for ways to save money by making the courts more efficient recently heard just how difficult a task that will be. Lawmakers on the House Judicial Efficiency and Effective Administration of Justice committee, meeting for the first time in November, were given an overview of a statewide judicial system struggling to keep up with caseloads amid budget cuts.
"Do you have any answers?" asked Rep. Allen McNeill, a first-term Republican House member from Asheboro and retired law enforcement officer.
"More funding," Smith replied.
You can provide them with all the statistical data and dour warnings you like but, at the end of the day, all these single-minded GOP lawmakers are going to do is make the occasional inappropriate or non-pertinent comment and then move forward with more budget cuts. In their minds, money is never the answer, it all has to do with "work ethic" or some other phraseology that shifts the blame.
Submitted by teddyrooseveltp... on Fri, 07/26/2013 - 11:08am
An open letter from a North Carolina public school teacher on her blog:
When I moved here and began teaching in 2007, $30,000 was a major drop from the $40,000 starting salaries being offered by districts all around me in metro Detroit, but it was fine for a young single woman sharing a house with roommates and paying off student loans. However, over six years later, $31,000 is wholly insufficient to support my family. So insufficient, in fact, that my children qualify for and use Medicaid as their medical insurance, and since there is simply no way to deduct $600 per month from my meager take-home pay in order to include my husband on my health plan, he has gone uninsured. We work opposite shifts to eliminate childcare costs.
I would like the NC General Assembly to reconsider the proposed elimination of the NC Child Fatality Task Force. I was privileged to be the Executive Director of the Task Force in 1996. There is no question that the work of the Task Force over the years has saved children's lives. So many of these child deaths are preventable--and preventing them is the legacy of the Task Force.
Gov. Jim Martin established the statewide Task Force as well as a local committee in all 100 counties. This was the Governor's response to NC holding the embarrassing place of #48 out of 50 in infant mortality.
Submitted by Martha Brock on Mon, 07/02/2012 - 10:14pm
BREAKING NEWS: THE STATE SENATE VOTED MONDAY NIGHT TO OVERRIDE GOV. BEV PERDUE'S VETO OF THE STATE BUDGET LESS THAN AN HOUR AFTER THE HOUSE APPROVED AN OVERRIDE. THE BUDGET NOW BECOMES LAW, DESPITE THE GOVERNOR'S OBJECTIONS.
Submitted by Martha Brock on Mon, 06/25/2012 - 4:46pm
From an email from the NC Justice Center's Budget and Tax Center today:
BTC Report on the 2012-2013 Senate Budget
Last Thursday, the General Assembly passed their final budget, which now goes to the Governor for her consideration. A new report finds that the final budget would spend 11.6 percent less than pre-recession levels despite a growing population and growing demand for community colleges, K-12 education and Medicaid. Click here for more context on the final budget.
We will be completing our full analysis of the final budget over the next few days. In the meantime, check out our analysis of the Senate budget proposal.
North Carolina failed to approach this precipice because of the treason
of the Party of Five. Minnesota has it better: the fiscal year is beginning
and there is no state budget (for any department except Agriculture).
Like us, they have a Democratic governor facing a Republican legislature
and a gay marriage amendment going on the ballot in 2012. Unlike us,
they do not have 5 traitors. So Democratic Gov. Dayton's veto of the
budget was NOT over-ridden, and his petition to the appropriate judge
to keep essential functions open despite the fact that there is no legally
appropriate funding for them was granted. Decent people can hope this
remains relevant ONLY until such time as the legislature comes to its senses.
Could Judge Howard Manning rule that the state budget cuts in education are in violation of the Leandro ruling?
The teaching fellows program will no longer be funded after this group of freshmen. The teacher Academy is no longer funded, Principal fellows the same. Even the Science Oympiad funds (pocket change) were cut out. Textbook, staff development, driver education and instructional supply funding have been drastically slashed. The list goes on and on.
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