The House budget released today has a few inconsistencies. Take, for instance, the $193,000 increase for Tarheel Challenge at the same time House budget writers are placing the Tarheel Challenge program under continuation review. (Continuation review, for those who don’t know, is a new tool the Legislature started using last year which requires that select programs justify their existence in order to receive funding in the future.) The $193,000 increase for Tarheel Challenge is one-time money, but it doesn’t make a lot of sense to throw any extra money at a program while you are supposedly considering whether or not to continue it. Last year, programs that received continuation reviews not only didn’t get any extra money, the money they were already getting was made nonrecurring – future funding of any kind was made contingent on the results of the review.