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Counting the costs of fiscal mismanagement:

The impact on educators is nothing less than debilitating:

Budget cuts to programs, services, and vacant positions do not receive funding if the House and Senate included identical cuts (i.e. items that are not in controversy). Filled positions that are cut and not in controversy in the proposals should have received a 30-day notice before termination. It is unclear if any or how many positions were cut.

Programs funded with one-time money in the 2015 fiscal year lost that funding if the House and Senate proposed budgets did not renew that funding at the same level. This guideline means that the pre-kindergarten program must operate without the $5 million boost it received last year. It also means that the state is no longer funding a $1 million appropriation for water and sewer grants in economically struggling communities or a $1 million boost provided to the Biotechnology Center.

Public schools receive additional money to cover the costs of student enrollment growth. There is no additional money for Teacher Assistants, driver’s education, or reduced classroom sizes—which are major points of contention between the House and Senate approved budgets. Local school districts are left waiting for a complete budget picture for the new 2016 school year; some districts already implemented layoffs amidst the budget uncertainty.

At the end of the day, this problem can be summed up as "a monumental lack of leadership." Unless it's intentional:

You know, we've been working from the position that we can't get the Budget done because the GOP keeps trying to pass other (bad) laws. But the truth may be: They're not finishing the Budget so they *can* keep passing bad laws.

I would hope so, since you're already late as hell.

Just to give you an idea of how stupid my Senator is:

“I voted for the entire package,” Gunn said. “No one in the General Assembly doesn’t understand that rural counties are dying. They have no money coming in. There are eight counties with no teacher supplements, … and they often have higher tax rates than (other counties), which further keep their economies from growing.”

Gunn understands the concern some counties have, but believes that new and increased sales taxes on certain items would make up for any losses in Alamance County.

Dude, you're talking about taking away sales tax proceeds from high-population counties. How will increasing the sales tax (that you're taking away) make up the loss? You know what? Don't even try to figure it out, you'll just give yourself an aneurysm.

Noteworthy:

This new round of tests expanded to wells that were far enough away from the power plant basins so that they would not be affected by them, in order to establish a baseline of what naturally occurs in those areas. DENR says, in a blog posted on its site Monday, that the recent samples are thought to be similar to the water quality conditions closer to the plants.

Duke Energy is concerned that the state has been confusing some well owners by reporting overly restrictive levels of contaminates while the water remains at federal safe drinking standards.

Update: “While the state’s background testing would have been helpful months ago, it does validate what we’ve been saying from the beginning,” Duke Energy spokeswoman Paige Sheehan said by email. “The constituents found in wells near our facilities occur naturally and at various levels across the state.”

I find it interesting DENR doesn't reference/reveal the distance that is supposedly "far enough away" to not be effected by groundwater seeps. Seeps that have been occurring for decades, and could easily have migrated several miles through groundwater vectors.

I'm going to try to make this one, and you should, too:

As detailed in a letter Hall delivered to federal and state prosecutors earlier this month, several of North Carolina's most important political leaders were the recipients of large and potentially illegal campaign contributions from individuals affiliated with the controversial "sweepstakes" industry in 2011 and 2012. Strangely and surprisingly, however, officials at the State Board of Elections chose not to follow up on Hall's findings. Now Hall and his colleagues are appealing to the U.S. Attorney and Wake County District Attorney to take a second look.

Join us as Hall explains his findings, what Democracy NC is asking prosecutors to do and the overall state of political corruption in North Carolina politics today.

When: Tuesday, August 25, at noon — Box lunches will be available at 11:45 a.m.

Where: Center for Community Leadership Training Room at the Junior League of Raleigh Building, 711 Hillsborough St. (At the corner of Hillsborough and St. Mary’s streets)

It's a tale of corruption that could have been written by Robert Penn Warren in the middle of the last century, but the average voter out there doesn't have a clue what happened, and the BoE might as well not even exist. I just don't understand. I don't understand why people don't care, even people in my own party. Republicans have trashed NC Democrats for years over considerably less than this, but we're letting them slide. SMFH.

I wonder how many (if any) of those vets asked Meadows about his brilliant government shutdown letter? Crickets.

Here's a clue: When your "blog" cites polling data from Civitas and AFP, both your objectivity and your integrity are seriously in question.

Speaking of questionable integrity:

Before you click that link, let me save you some trouble. Reuters has apparently succumbed completely to the make-money-wherever-you-can mode of journalism. That link takes you to a brief teaser article, which has absolutely no relevant information, accompanied by a link to a sister company (Thomson Reuters) that produces "premium" legal analyses for dues-paying members. In other words, it's merely an elaborate sales pitch, and the only objective of this "journalism" is your wallet.

And they don't even give you any Onion on the side:

Ahhh, that's much more depressing than funny. Here's another:

:) And that gorilla looks majorly disappointed...

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