by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
As N.C. House and Senate budget negotiators meet to work out their differences, Sarah Curry hopes they will avoid the temptation to engage in traditional legislative logrolling — one chamber accepts funding for the other chamber’s priorities, in return for the expectation that the other chamber will do the same. The end result of logrolling is a larger budget than the state or its taxpayers need.
Curry’s latest report explains how a “reverse logrolling” report would lead to negotiators accepting the lower of competing budget totals for each department of state government. That approach would yield $667 million for lawmakers to use to fund their high-priority teacher pay raises, while leaving state government with a surplus.
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