This morning Rep. Tricia Cotham (D - Mecklenburg) hosted a conference call on North Carolina's budget. The call included Charlotte area elected officials, teachers, advocates, clergy, and neighborhood leaders.
Three weeks ago our budget deficit was 3.3 billion dollars. It was 4.2 billion dollars as of last Monday, and it is 4.6 billion dollars today. This number will likely be revised again.
Conservatives, led by budget and policy experts like Joe the Plumber, have a solution for this problem. Its the solution they have for most problems: cut public service and public servants
The "low-lights" of the proposed cuts are beneath the fold.