RALEIGH – If the North Carolina General Assembly was just going to end its 2007 session with a 10 percent spending increase, hundreds of millions of dollars a year in new taxes and electricity rate hikes, and more welfare for corporations and politicians, couldn’t it at least have done its damage months ago and left Raleigh? We’d have been spared a lot of overheated rhetoric and pretense.
Leaders of the North Carolina House have long opposed limits on legislative sessions, arguing that lawmakers need time to study the important issues facing a growing state. To set firm deadlines, they say, would yield power to the bureaucrats and executive branch, and lead to decisions informed more by politics than by solid evidence and careful deliberation.
Hogwash. The 2007 session demonstrates why these arguments are specious.