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Civitas Lies Again: More Polling Mischief

From the latest Civitas press release on their "poll"

The following is a lie.

The North Carolina Legislature is considering a bill that would allow voters to vote on amending the state constitution to say marriage is only between a man and a woman.

It is a lie of omission.

The amendment currently before the North Carolina General Assembly seeks to ban civil unions, partner benefits, and assorted other unintended legal consequences.

The text of the proposed amendment reads:

Marriage between a man and a woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this state.

Civitas misrepresents the amendment in their question.

So why should we believe what they represent in this poll?

 

Rule of thumb

Never believe anything coming out of The Show. If there is "truth" is is accidental.

A balanced budget is closer than you think

Always a fun site for folks interested in actual facts about the state budget.

The Fiscal Research Division of the NC General Assembly

http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/fiscalresearch/

These folks have just confirmed that the budget deficit is now down to $1.9 billion -- just after Governor Perdue signed the current year savings bill (S109).

They've also indicated that $1.3 billion is available to close this gap by just keeping the existing high income surtax ($.2 billion) and the temporary sales tax ($1.1 billion) in place while the impact of the Great Recession is still with us. (See page 2 of the link)

That would just leave $.6 billion to cut.

It is possible to keep the state from circling the drain... if the legislature chooses wisely.

Cuts will still be needed, but clearly the magnitude of the cuts should only be about $.6 billion.

 

They Have NO Interest in It

The repubs have never had the simple desire to balance the current biennial budget. They are zeroed in on the $18.3 billion guideline that the leadership ordered the senior chairs to follow.
This goal of course comes out of the JLF papers, and every repub is convinced that we have a spending problem, and that in order to bring "good" private jobs to NC they must: 1. Drastically cut state spending-notice the word "state", 2. Reduce or eliminate the corporate tax rate to the lowest in the Southeast, and 3. Immunize themselves from tax increases at the county levels by claiming that THEY fulfilled their campaign promise to reign in state spending.
By pushing off non-classroom education costs to the local entities, the repubs can say, "Well, if you really want schoolbus drivers, counselors, and cafeteria workers then hire/pay for them yourselves. We don't see that as a state taxpayer responsibility."
I have spent enough (too damn much) time down on Jones Street to hear this crap. They actually believe this, and sometimes, when you look them in the eyes, you see the "Children of the Corn" glazed look. It's really scary.

Michael J. Gould, MS, FIOPL
Member, SEANC Board of Governors
Member, NDP SEC