It's about who benefits, not who pays
RALEIGH -- Defending their $20.1 billion state budget plan, state Senate leaders have hit on a consistent refrain: State government and state budgets don't exist to make up for the loss of federal dollars.
Their constituents probably see the world a little differently.
They come to rely on government expenditures -- whether for a teacher in a public school classroom or a stretch of blacktop running from their home to their workplace -- regardless of whether the revenue source is the federal, state or local government.
Not many people drill down into the minutiae of government to find out which levels of government pay for which roads or what share of a teacher's salary comes from federal, state or local coffers.
This refrain in defense of the Senate's proposed budget has to do with the ...