This week I had a conversation with a friend who owns an environmental services company. His company provides a range of environmental services, including spill response and cleanup under contract to DOT and DENR. Much of his costs are in payroll, and consumable materials like fuel and cleanup supplies. He also has disposal costs. My friend is also a strong Republican.
My friend complained to me that under the new regime in Raleigh, he is having trouble getting paid for his services. He has some invoices to state agencies that are approaching 180 days past due, with DENR telling him they don't have money to pay him for his services.
I made the comment that for all their talk of supporting business, the Republicans don't seem to have a handle on a basic business principle - that businesses cannot survive on 180-days, or even 60-days, aged receivables. For all their tax cutting and regulation slashing bumper sticker slogans, not paying businesses who provide valuable services for state government shows their incompetence.