Fitzsimon File

Monday numbers

3—number of days since House Speaker Thom Tillis told a right-wing talk radio host that Governor Beverly Perdue can’t do fifth grade math. (“Tillis says Perdue can’t do fifth-grade math,” State Government Radio, July 8, 2011)

0.5—percentage difference according to Tillis between GOP budget and budget proposed by Governor Beverly Perdue (Ibid)

19.683 billion—amount in dollars of spending in 2011-2012 budget passed by the General Assembly despite the veto of Governor Beverly Perdue (“BTC REPORTS: The 2011-2013 Final Budget – Neglecting a Balanced Approach, Budget Costs Jobs and Delays Economic Recovery,” June 2011)

98.4 million—amount in dollars that equals 0.5 percent of Republicans $19.683 billion budget

19.902 billion—amount in dollars of spending proposed by Governor Beverly Perdue in her recommended budget for 2011-2012 (2011-2013 Governor’s Recommended Budget, Office of State Budget and Management)

219 million—amount in dollars of apparent difference in spending between budget passed by the General Assembly and budget recommended by Governor Beverly Perdue (Ibid)

1.1—percentage of apparent difference in spending between 2011-2012 budget passed by the General Assembly and budget recommended by Governor Beverly Perdue

600 million—amount in dollars of actual difference between budget passed by the General Assembly and budget recommended by Governor Beverly Perdue when accounting gimmicks and budget transfers are taken into account (“BTC REPORTS: The 2011-2013 Final Budget – Neglecting a Balanced Approach, Budget Costs Jobs and Delays Economic Recovery,” June 2011)

3.04—percentage of actual difference in spending between 2011-2012 budget passed by the General Assembly and budget recommended by Governor Beverly Perdue (Ibid)

29,782—total number of public and private sector jobs that will be lost in North Carolina in the next two years as a result of the budget passed by the General Assembly (Ibid)

25—percentage of raise given by House Speaker Thom Tillis to Chief of Staff Charles Thomas last month (“N.C. House Speaker Tillis gives his staff fat raises, Raleigh News & Observer, June 11, 2011)