Raleigh, N.C. — An easier schedule after the hectic period before last week's bill crossover deadline didn't make lawmakers any less cranky Monday.
After Gov. Pat McCrory's administration rolled out its NC GEAR government efficiency report, members of the Joint Legislative Program Evaluation Oversight Committee promptly criticized it as a waste of effort. They said it focused on small issues instead of attacking larger transformative changes that could save North Carolina taxpayers money.
Many of the suggestions already have been studied by the legislature's own Program Evaluation Division had come up with in recent years, lawmakers said, adding that NC GEAR didn't even bother to approach issues such as Medicaid reform and education funding.
Outside of the Legislative Building, the North Carolina Chamber said it would file an amicus brief with the state Supreme Court to side with lawmakers in the General Assembly's fight with McCrory over appointments to state boards and commissions.