Well, this is rich.
Apparently some Democratic House members are criticizing the state’s compromise budget plan for containing pork spending.
While I agree with their assessments, I detail many of the pork projects in this budget summary, I think this may set a record for lack of self-awareness. Roy Cooper’s office has even chimed in: “A document released by Cooper’s office listed more than 100 specific earmarks in the budget, totaling more than $70 million.”
North Carolina Democrats certainly should know what pork spending looks like. For example:
- the $1.1 billion of pork in 2008-09
- $150 million in 2005
- $1.64 billion between 2005 and 2008
- $300 million in 2009-10
You get the idea.
And as for Cooper, during his time in the NC legislature, the state budget exploded. For instance, between fiscal years 1993 to 2000, the state budget ballooned by 74 percent. Don’t think there was any pork included in those years?