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Group: House Budget Document Heavy on Pork

Posted April 30, 2007

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— House leaders said they hope to unveil their proposed budget sometime this week, but bits of information keep trickling out about their plans.

The House Leadership Priority Appropriation Requests contains millions of dollars in proposals and amounts to a legislative wish list still in progress. The document doesn't include revenue figures or tax ideas.

The proposed numbers shows fairly common legislative funding requests, including $8.2 million to add a step raise in teacher pay, $4 million for a drug treatment court plan and $750,000 for a new truck for the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.

But the list also includes items that might draw more scrutiny, such as $3 million for a Drag Racing Hall of Fame in Henderson, $100,000 for the United Arts Council of Greensboro, $3 million for Johnson and Wales University in Charlotte and $3.5 million for advanced vehicle research.

"There's a bunch of pork barrel in here," said Francis DeLuca of the conservative non-profit watchdog group Americans For Prosperity, which obtained and released what is labeled as a confidential budget document.

"There's no openness," DeLuca said. "Who knows why people are getting the money that's included in this list of budget items?"

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  • normalthinking May 1, 2007

    this is how all the political piggies get all greased up

  • billybob72 May 1, 2007

    pbjbeach, you must be kidding, the Republican Party does not control State Government. Raises are determined by the State Legislature, which is Democrat controlled. Although State Employee raises have been lacking in the past, they got a pretty decent one last year, 5.5% if I recall correctly. It will be interesting to see if that was a fluke, or will there be a decent raise this year, for those who DESERVE it the most.

  • colliefan May 1, 2007

    The video indicates the 750 grand is for a fire truck. Makes a great deal of difference. Still can't see why the school needs its own fire truck and can't use on from the town should the need arise. Where can one get a copy of this budget?

  • FragmentFour May 1, 2007

    "There's no openness," DeLuca said. "Who knows why people are getting the money that's included in this list of budget items?"

    Openness? From the NC legislature? Was DeLuca seriously EXPECTING any?

  • mvnull Apr 30, 2007

    They are feeling the 'extra' money from the lottery, and they have already spent it three times over.

  • colliefan Apr 30, 2007

    such as $3 million for a Drag Racing Hall of Fame in Henderson, $100,000 for the United Arts Council of Greensboro, $3 million for Johnson and Wales University in Charlotte and $3.5 million for advanced vehicle research.

    These guys spend money like drunken sailors. These guys spend our tax dollars as if the are playing with Monopoly Money. Sounds as if it is time for another Boston Tea party.

  • ObamaMustGo aka NCcarguy Apr 30, 2007

    More democrat control TAX and SPEND.....it's not going to change until we change who we're voting for!!

  • pbjbeach Apr 30, 2007

    I'LL BET THAT THERE ISN'T ONE DIME OF MONEY IN THIS BUDGET FOR ANY KIND OF A DECENT RAISE FOR STATE EMPLOYEES THAT HAVE BEEN WITH-OUT ANY REAL RAISE'S FOR THE PAST SIX YEARS THANKS IN A BIG PART TO THE REPUBLICAN PARTY THAT NOW HAS CONTROL OF STATE GOVERNMENT AN ESPECIALLY THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION .

  • AmericaFirst Apr 30, 2007

    Johnson & Wales University is a chain of PRIVATE, FOR PROFIT culinary arts schools. Why are they entitled to my money ?
    Incidentally (or not), whatever happened to the 52 museums, including a teapot museum, the legislature proposed bills for a few years ago ? So weary of this travesty of government!