posted June 20, 2005 by Joseph Coletti
Although state revenue estimates are growing at the rate of about $100 million each month, the North Carolina House managed to pass a $17.1 billion budget that requires even higher taxes than the Senate’s bill. Spending would grow 7.5 percent. Despite this, some representatives claim that the budget is a model of fiscal responsibility because it ties recurring funds to recurring obligations. Fiscal responsibility does not require $778 million in new taxes or $376 million in transfers and new fees. “Reverse logrolling” in the conference is the last best hope for the General Assembly to become responsible.