posted on March 07, 2013 09:46
While Governor McCrory prepares a “very, very tight budget” and blocks Medicaid expansion, the Republican governor of another purple Southern state is going in the opposite direction.
Governor Rick Scott of Florida was a Tea Party poster boy when he got elected in 2010. Now a Miami Tea Party leader has sent the governor a “breakup note.”
Scott signed off on Medicaid expansion in his state. He proposed a $2,500 across-the-board pay increase for teachers. The New York Times says he “has crisscrossed the state advertising his enthusiasm for education, state workers, highways, commuter rails, early voting, the disabled, environmental protection and jobs.”
Democrats ask: “Medicaid expansion, Obamacare, teacher bonuses — who is this guy?”
A Republican consultant explains: “If he is going to get re-elected, he needs to rebrand, reboot and repackage.”
In North Carolina, Governor McCrory has entrusted his immediate political fate to Art Pope, his budget director. For more than 20 years, Pope has spent, strived and struggled to get control of the budget. Now that he has it, he is going to put his ideological stamp on it.
The question is what the political impact will be of, say, deep cuts in education, the universities, community colleges and various economic development programs. All of them have constituents and supporters, including Republicans.
While Scott tacks to the center in Florida, McCrory is heading right in Raleigh. Soon he may hit high winds and rough waves. Then we’ll see if he follows Scott’s course.
Thursday, March 07, 2013 10:26 AM
The Sequester will cost 473,000 Jobs this year.
We need jobs
Thursday, March 07, 2013 12:13 PM
Sure it will, swinney. Guess if that is true, Obama shouldn't have suggested it and shouldn't have signed it. Oh, and um...isn't he our LEADER??? You don't have a problem with him doing absolutely NOTHING with regard to the supposed affects people are whining and crying about?
473,000 jobs lost because of the sequester, huh? I'm sure you can guess which job I wish was the first to go.
And, Gary, while all that sounds like Scott is "getting it" and McCrory is taking his conservative mantra to the max. Well, Florida and North Carolina are two VERY different states with two very different opportunities for revenue. And, seems Scott is doing more just for the sake of politics while McCrory is doing what the people of North Carolina voted him in office to do...which is to control spending and not be dictated to by the federal government. Oh, and even though you have selected Florida and Gov. Scott to show what a big difference there is between the two republican-led states, there are also many other republican-led states that are following what McCrory is doing. You didn't mention that, so thought I'd do it for ya. Oh, and remember that McCrory has a state constitutional requirement that says he must run a balanced budget.
Thursday, March 07, 2013 7:56 PM
If a 1% reduction in projected increase in the budget cost 473,000 jobs, what would a 10% reduction in the increase from last years budget cost? 4,730,000 jobs, and what would a real reduction in spending cost, not just a base line budgeting reduction.
Friday, March 08, 2013 9:12 AM
48,000—Health Care jobs
4.7M-- put on long term unemployment
4M-- to miss Meals on Wheels
800,000 –To miss Head Start
750,000—Lose access to WIC
1.2M disadvantaged kids put at risk
This is list from Our Future.Org
Who gets hurt? The Upper Class?
Friday, March 08, 2013 4:57 PM
Hahahahaha...swinney, all of that because of a 2% decrease in the actual increase in our federal spending that was supposed to happen?
Give us a break. Swinney, you're fine with tens of millions of dollars being spent for Obama and Michelle and the kids going on vacations while millions in our country are going without food?
You and your kind are so disengenuous. Sad.