WBTV news (click on red camera icon to see video) in Charlotte asks this difficult question of House budget makers.
Some who supported the budget say the state's poor economic situation left
them with little choice but to raise taxes and eliminate the teachers.
Folks at the conservative Civitas Institute disagree.
"I think there's definitely some political gamesmanship on how they're trying
to sell this to the public," said Brian Balfour who is with the Civitas
To back up his point, Balfour compiled a list of
things he says may be worthwhile, but most people would not
think were more important than keeping teachers on the payroll.
See the list they are referencing here.
On a related note, I spoke to Tara Servatius on WBT radio in Charlotte yesterday about the same list. She seemed particularly puzzled that the Ergonomics Center at NC State is still slated to receive more than half a million in state funds, while some leading advocacy groups are warning that "people will die" due to cuts in the HHS budget.
How many lives could be saved by the $18 million in the One North Carolina Fund – the Governor's "golden handshake" money for corporate welfare handouts? How many lives could be saved by the $13 million budgeted for the NC Symphony, NC Arts Council, and Tryon Palace?
If House leadership cares so much about teachers in the classroom and help for developmentally disabled children – why were those items cut but so many other questionable items considered untouchable?