Gov. McCrory is expected to release his budget proposal today, and in so doing will mark the beginning of a new, more honest and transparent budgeting process. As reported by the N&O:
A new state law has ended the decades-old practice of automatically building in numbers that account for expected growth, such as covering the cost of more children attending public schools each year. Also no longer part of the beginning, or baseline, of the budget is the cost of covering additional people expected to enroll in Medicaid, the government health insurance program.
Those items are now debatable, instead of being included automatically based on regular forecasting.