Medicaid ends up shorting public school budget
RALEIGH — Over the course of this remainder of this election year, Republican state legislators will stick to their narrative, Democratic legislators to theirs.
The Republican narrative: We did better by the public schools this year than last; no school doors closed last year, and they won't close this year; we inherited a tough financial situation from our Democratic predecessors, and our public school budget is no worse than those which they put together in 2009 and 2010.
The Democratic narrative: The Republican majority at the legislature wants to starve the public schools; four straight years of budget cuts will cripple schools, especially as federal stimulus dollars expire; the latest cuts are unnecessary in light of a $300 million tax cut last year.
The reality, not surprisingly, is ...