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Just as the N.C. Department of Agriculture gets new responsibilities, we find out it bungled its current duties.
“The state Agriculture Department failed to fine propane plants, dispensing sites and other facilities that mishandled the highly flammable gas, putting the public at risk and costing public schools about $2 million, according to a state audit.”
Earlier, of course, the Republican-led Department failed to protect State Fair-goers from ecoli.
On the same front page today is a story telling us that the 669-employee Division of Forest Resources is being moved from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, where it’s under the Governor, to the – you guessed it – Department of Agriculture.
This is thanks to the legislature’s Republicans, who boast that they can make government work better.
Judging from the Fair and the propane gas mess, North Carolina’s forests are in real trouble.


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