08/08/09 — With the budget now in place the real watching must start

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With the budget now in place the real watching must start

State leaders got their $1 billion tax increase, so you might think that the battle is over to keep North Carolina taxpayers from bearing the brunt of the state's bad planning.

Hardly. The trick now is making sure that the legislature and the governor's office do not spend us into another $1 billion in taxes next year.

How do we accomplish that, you might ask?

We watch very, very closely.

There is never going to be a more important time to keep tabs on what your legislators are doing than now. Knowing where your money is going and demanding more accountability from your legislators and your governor are the keys to making sure this does not happen again.

The only way to get a state to cut spending and to eliminate inefficient or outdated bureaucracies is to demand action -- and to be the constituent who points out the waste.

A lot of money is going to be taken from North Carolina citizens this year -- much more than in years past. So, it is more important than ever to make sure that money is being spent wisely.

There are several Wayne County legislators who have promised to be just that kind of watchdog. Now, is the time for them to fight for efficient spending and better planning in Raleigh -- and to show their constituents what they have accomplished.

The economy has played a factor in this year's budget crisis, but longterm policies of spending, spending, spending made the situation worse.

Now is the time to change the pattern.

Published in Editorials on August 8, 2009 10:55 PM