The North Carolina legislature passed a budget. This budget passed both house of properly elected lawmakers. Then, this budget was vetoed by the Good Govna’ of the Great State of North by God Carolina, herself properly elected.
Bev Purdue certainly can veto bills she doesn’t like.
After learning of said veto, the legislature convened and took up vote to over-ride the veto. And over-ride that veto the legislature did. And so, the budget became law without the consent of the governor.
That, however, is not the end of the story.
RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina cannot limit enrollment in a pre-kindergarten program for at-risk children that saw its budget reduced by the General Assembly, the judge overseeing a long-running education-opportunity lawsuit ordered Monday.
It’s not clear whether the order by Superior Court Judge Howard Manning Jr. could force the Legislature to redo part of the $19.7 billion state budget that took effect this month. Manning said only that he is confident the state will live up to its constitutional duties to afford every child a good, basic education.
A couple of thoughts immeadiatly raced through my head:
- Who made education a constitution right?
- Who thinks pre-k education tracks with a good, basic education?
- All he said was North Carolina can’t limit enrollment.
- By God, man! If you wanna write the budget, run for the Senate.
And it seems that I’m not alone:
“While it is uncertain whether or not the court’s decision will ultimately be allowed to stand, the budget provision addressed by the court has nothing to do with funding,” House Speaker Thom Tillis, R-Mecklenburg, said in a statement.
He’s right. The Judge didn’t say that the level of funding was insufficient; only that the State can’t limit enrollment.
And, regarding budget writing authority:
“I don’t know what the final result will be,” Senate leader Phil Berger, R-Rockingham, said. “Every other Leandro decision has been appealed,” he also said. “I suppose this one will too. Time will tell, and again, I invite (Manning) to run for the Senate, and if elected, we would certainly include him in the budget deliberations.”
Judge, step away.
I suspect the judge knows this. And I suspect he’s sympathetic to the trials and tribulations of these kids. So he’s taken the middle road. “Just don’t prevent them from going to school”, he says.