As the Republican House and Republican Senate and Republican Governor all carp at each other and make no progress on a budget, after weeks of grandstanding, many of the NCGA members will skip town next week to attend the annual ALEC meeting.
Speaker Thom Tillis dismissed the state House on Friday saying that the chamber was not expected to hold any sessions next week, a strong indicator no deal is imminent.
Many of the state's top GOP leaders are scheduled to attend the annual conference of the American Legislative Exchange Council that starts Tuesday in Dallas, Texas, and lasts into the weekend. North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory is on the agenda to speak at the opening luncheon of the conservative group.
It's no surprise that North Carolina is under ALEC's thumb. But it's thoroughly disgusting that the Tillisberger will shut down the government for most of a week, when taxpayers are spending $50,000 per day for legislators to work on a budget, so that a bunch of them can go to the ALEC meeting.
But then that's how Thom got to be ALEC legislator of the year.