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Bully Pulpit

The term "bully pulpit" stems from President Theodore Roosevelt's reference to the White House as a "bully pulpit," meaning a terrific platform from which to persuasively advocate an agenda. Roosevelt often used the word "bully" as an adjective meaning superb/wonderful. The Bully Pulpit features news, reasoned discourse, opinion and some humor.

Monday, January 29, 2007

"Zero-based" budgeting experiment under way at General Assembly


When a successful business hits a rough patch, executives often ask their employees to look for ways to cut costs. Sometimes, workers are even asked to justify the existence of their departments.

That's rare within North Carolina state government, and critics complain a program often gets a free ride once it receives budget funding for two consecutive years.

But after prodding for years, mainly by Republicans, the Democrats who control both the state House and Senate are prepared to try what's called "zero-based budgeting" — or forcing a state agency to justify all of the funding for one of its program every budget year.


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