Oh the irony!

The NCGA has publicly acknowledged what they all privately knew: Deputy Assistant Guvnor Pat's budget is nice fodder for the media, but Pat is thoroughly irrelevant and the Tillisberger runs this state and will set the budget while ignoring DAG McDelusional.

The state Senate is diving into the details of Gov. Pat McCrory’s proposed $21 billion budget and will put out its own version in two or three weeks.

“I’m sure we’ll be seeing a little different budget,” said Sen. Harry Brown, a budget writer from Jacksonville.

The hilarious irony, though is this part of the article (the reporter opted for the trite yet convenient Q&A format):

Q: Why is there a shortfall?

A. A memo from the State Office of Budget and Management and the legislature’s Fiscal Research Division says the shortfall is related to personal income tax collections.

Q: Forecasts were for growth in personal income tax revenue, but collections are off 5.6 percent from last year. Why is that?

A. The memo gives three reasons.

1. Less money was withheld from employee paychecks than estimated. Withholding was expected to grow 3.9 percent from the previous year, Pope said. It’s grown about 3 percent instead.

2. A new tax law reduced personal income tax rates and broadened the tax base. A flat personal income tax rate of 5.8 percent replaced rates of 6 percent, 7 percent and 7.75 percent, where the percentage paid depended on income. But the rate reduction is being felt this year, while the effect of collecting taxes from more places won’t kick in until next year’s tax returns are filed.

3. The 2012 federal “fiscal cliff” had many high-income taxpayers “shifting” their income from 2013 to 2012 to avoid paying higher federal taxes.

That's right, Art Pope, budget director, had to stand up in public and say that NC isn't taking in enough money because (1) Art Pope, budget director, instituted a gimmick to put a few more $ in paychecks that he will get back from repealed deductions; (2) Art Pope, callous fatcat, got a big, fat tax cut hahahahaha; and (3) Boehner and the tea party in Washington kicked people in the teeth (but millionaires like Art Pope came out just fine).

Still, Pope Art I, DAG McCrony and the NC GOP, although soiling themselves as they begin to realize the depth of the hole they've dug, continue to assure us that EVERYTHING IS FINE! REALLY!!

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Diving into the details

is what the NC Senate would have us believe they are doing with McCrory's budget.

We have to believe it's more like using McCrory's budget as toilet paper while they decide what the budget will be, and then school the DAG about how this state operates.

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"I will have a priority on building relationships with the minority caucus. I want to put substance behind those campaign speeches." -- Thom Tillis, Nov. 5, 2014

Here's a little budget gem

that Pat didn't publicize (wonder why?):

Gov. Pat McCrory's state personnel director on Friday defended the governor's plan to change how state employees challenge disciplinary decisions, saying the proposal will treat workers fairly and cut down on appeal times.

The proposal, delivered to the General Assembly this week as part of the governor's budget, transfers the appeal process from the hands of independent judges to a commission appointed by the governor and the legislature. Critics, including a state employees' organization, say the new process would be far from impartial and would politicize the decision over whether a worker has been unfairly fired.

Don't like my decision? Appeal it to my loyal McCronies!

five of the commission's nine members are appointed by the governor, who also selects the group's chair.

That's what worries Michael Byrne, a Raleigh attorney who regularly represents state employees in appeals cases.

“I find it most difficult to believe that the governor would have no input on personnel decisions made by his own appointees," Byrne said in an email Friday. "Elimination of actual or potential political influence is why we have independent administrative law judges in the first place.”

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"I will have a priority on building relationships with the minority caucus. I want to put substance behind those campaign speeches." -- Thom Tillis, Nov. 5, 2014

Lift and shift

The McCrony is working hard to prove he's a genuine Pat protege:

"What we're doing is a lift and shift," [state personnel Director Neal] Alexander said. "The current process that is there today, we're lifting and shifting and adding that review of the commission."

What the hell is that supposed to mean? All we can surmise is that Alexander accidentally inserted an extra 'f' in his verbs.

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"I will have a priority on building relationships with the minority caucus. I want to put substance behind those campaign speeches." -- Thom Tillis, Nov. 5, 2014