A storehouse of good ideas
RALEIGH — As Gov. Pat McCrory takes office and the Republican-led General Assembly reconvenes for its 2013 session, they face significant fiscal and economic challenges. While there won’t be a big hole in the state’s operating budget, like the one that Bev Perdue inherited in 2009, state government has bonded debt and unfunded liabilities totaling tens of billions of dollars, and North Carolina’s economic recovery remains feeble.
McCrory and legislative leaders need to embrace bold, innovative ideas. Fortunately, they need not generate all the ideas themselves. Some are already on the shelf, ready to take down and implement. A good place to start would be the inventory of reports produced by the legislature’s Program Evaluation Division (PED).
Created by statute in 2007, PED has produced ...