Looks like business as usual again in Raleigh as budget-makers stage behind closed door meetings to determine how to spend your tax money.
As this N&O article notes:
"House and Senate leaders held such a meeting on Thursday morning. But when a News & Observer reporter tried to enter, they barred him."
So much for government for the people, by the people. When a news reporter is kicked out of a budget negotiation meeting – what are we to infer from the dealings in that meeting? What are these lawmakers doing that they don’t want reported to the public?
But then the plot thickens:
"Senate Majority Leader Tony Rand, a Fayetteville Democrat, could not cite a reason under the public meetings law why a reporter would be excluded. But he said the meeting had nothing to do with the budget.
‘Because we were just hearing a report from staff," Rand said. "It had nothing to do with negotiations.’"
And then there’s this:
"Budget negotiators were the only ones attending. A glimpse into the meeting showed Dan Gerlach, senior budget adviser to Gov. Mike Easley, and legislative fiscal workers addressing the lawmakers.
Gerlach left several minutes later.
What were they meeting about?
"Talking about the budget," Gerlach said as he walked away."
So, either Senate Majority Leader Tony Rand or Governer Easley’s top budget aide Dan Gerlach is lying about what was being discussed in that meeting.
Why all the secrets and lying? And more important, why do liberals in this state want to entrust more of our money and power in the hands of these folks?