Today's Fayetteville Observer includes my article on how the state is handling the massive budget shortfall.
"But this brings us back to that “p” word — priorities. The budget crisis provides observers with a case study on how our elected officials and bureaucrats decide to set priorities when spending our tax dollars.
For instance, the OSBM plan cuts Justice and Public Safety spending by $62 million, while the current budget spends about $130 million to purchase land. One could easily surmise that lawmakers are prioritizing the protection of wildlife over the protection of North Carolina citizens."
The theme of prioritization rings even more true in light of the recent news that Meals on Wheels will see their funds cut this year. Meanwhile, Governor Easley's corporate welfare slush fund continues to grease the palms of multi-billion dollar global corporate giants.