Laura Leslie is the only General Assembly reporter that we've seen (so far) who is doing detailed reporting on what's in the new proposed Republican state budget released by the NC House.
Leslie says that of the 333 pages in the total budget, 63 of those deal with the dismantling of environmental protections through the dissolution of the Department of Environmental and Natural Resources (DENR).
And here is Part 2 of her analysis, with more to come.
It's quite clear that the new Republican majority intends to use the budgeting process to rewrite the long-range vision of what North Carolina can and should be as an enlightened state in the Union. We used to be the most enlightened state in the Old South. Those days are over, at least for the next year and a half, unless Bev Perdue keeps that VETO stamp handy.