No, It’s Cool, Y’allBy
Based on this provision in their proposed budget, it seems that Senate Republicans are feeling pretty good about Pat McCrory’s chances in November because they’re lining up some sweet patronage potential for him. Um, I mean, they’re excited about the opportunity to vest more power in the executive because that’s a conservative value. No, wait, that can’t be it. They’re just lining up jobs for folks. It’s a jobs program! Maybe the next governor can hire back some of those teachers. AC-T:
D for a dubious provision in the N.C. Senate budget plan that would more than double the number of political appointees under the next governor’s control — and allow the governor to set salaries for the heads of agencies and their chief deputies. The move would raise the number of exempt positions in executive branch agencies from about 450 to nearly 1,000. Sen. Linda Garrou, D-Forsyth, described the move to The Insider as “curious. Whomever is elected, why would they want this many exempt positions?” Sounds like prepping the ground for political patronage to us.