The state House and Senate are headed for a showdown on the budget, Matt Caulder reports over at NC Capitol Connection.
There’s a $700 million gap between the chambers’ spending blueprints, but the numbers only hint at the real divisions, his story reveals.
For instance, after six-and-half years under President Obama’s leadership, is the economic future for the state and nation a bright one? Or are economic problems lurking?
The House budget apparently thinks things are hunky-dory, so it spends and borrows more now. The Senate, on the other hand, apparently is more worried, for it spends less and socks more money away in the rainy day fund.
We’ll probably know more about the budgets’ fate by tomorrow, and it would be a shock if the two chambers agree. That sets up weeks of debate. And though the ostensible subject will be the budget, the real topic will be what North Carolina faces today, and how it should go forward. Expect the battle to be revealing of what our elected leaders really think about the state’s economy and future.