will “Boss Moss” cut the budget now that both chambers of the General Assembly have agreed to a budget that, by the way, includes funding for teachers and teacher assistants? A budget that is almost like the one the Governette proposed. Almost! (see reference below)
And “News Break…News Break”….from the halls of whatever building Shawn Williams and the others are hiding in …the word is the BOE will pass on the open discussions of line items in the budget. Makes you wonder what they are scared of, doesn’t it?
So I ask, where oh where will Moss cut now? Surely, he won’t take a pay cut! That would actually show he cared! Surely, the BOE members won’t pass on their salaries. Surely, Central Office employees won’t give up their nice cushy bonuses! Surely, not!
While they take cheap shots at some of the commissioners and the citizens for not agreeing to a “blank check”, they (BOE, Moss) apparently also don’t have the guts to display face-to-face their disgust with the ones that finance their whims and wishes. Come out, come out from wherever you are!
Lawmakers reach bipartisan budget compromise
RALEIGH, N.C. — “Republican lawmakers banked Tuesday on a new $19.7 billion budget proposal for next year to bypass long negotiations with Democratic Gov. Beverly Perdue, a plan that would preserve funds for 13,000 teaching assistant positions while letting temporary taxes expire on time.
The Senate made significant changes to its version released last week of a state government spending plan through mid-2013 as a compromise with House Republicans after negotiating a deal for days. GOP leaders are optimistic they’ll attract enough House Democrats to vote for the final product to avoid a potential veto showdown with Perdue.
The Senate is expected to vote on the plan Wednesday and Thursday, with House votes set for Friday and Saturday. If approved, the budget could reach Perdue’s desk by Saturday afternoon.
The potential deal would spend $300 million more for public schools than the House budget plan approved earlier this month, according to the budget document. The new version restores funding for 13,000 teaching assistant positions in grades 1-3 that had been eliminated in an earlier Senate plan. The House had eliminated assistants in grades 1-2. The University of North Carolina System also would receive $100 million more than the House budget proposed.
The budget also includes money to hire another 1,100 teachers in grades 1-3, which had been part of the initial Senate budget….”
Read the rest here: http://www.wral.com/news/state/nccapitol/story/9663324/