Monday numbers

Monday numbers

73—number of days since the Senate passed its version of the state budget that spent $22.9 billion with no massive across the board cuts to the Department of Justice (N.C. General Assembly, Senate Bill 237 bill status history)

52—number of days since the House passed its version of the state budget that spent $22.9 billion with no massive across the board cuts to the Department of Justice (Ibid)

35—number of days since the House and Senate passed a final state budget that spent $23.03 billion that included a budget cut of $10 million to the N.C. Department of Justice with language preventing Attorney General Josh Stein from spreading the cuts out over his agency (Ibid)

130.4 million—amount in dollars of the increase in spending in the final budget agreement over the total spending in both the House and Senate budgets (Ibid)

13—the number of times the increased spending in the final budget is greater than the cuts to the Department of Justice budget that magically appeared in the final budget agreement (Ibid)

499 million—amount in dollars that is left unappropriated in the final budget after money is deposited in the state’s savings account (Ibid)

38.3—the number of times the amount of unappropriated dollars in the budget agreement is greater than the cuts to the Department of Justice budget that magically appeared in the final budget agreement (Ibid)

32—number of days since Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger said the reason that the budget included the last minute budget cuts to the Department of Justice is that Republican legislative leaders do not like the way Attorney General Josh Stein is doing his job (“Senate leader defends deep cuts to AG’s office, WRAL-TV, June 22, 2017)

80 million—amount in dollars of overall budget of the N.C. Department of Justice (Ibid)

27 million—amount in dollars of the budget of the N.C. Department of Justice that covers the legal and administrative staff where the final budget orders that the budget cuts must be made (Ibid)

254—number of positions in the Attorney General’s office funded by the $27 million from which the budget orders Attorney General Josh Stein to cut $10 million (Ibid)

37—percentage cut in the legal and administrative staff required by the last minute $10 million budget cut (Ibid)

123—number of attorneys that the budget cuts will force Attorney General Josh Stein to lay off (Ibid)

650—number of criminal appeals handled every year by the lawyers in the Attorney General’s office (“Cuts aimed at punishing Stein will hurt the interests of all in NC, News & Observer, June 25, 2017)

115—number of lawsuits against North Carolina currently being handled by attorneys in the Attorney General’s office (Josh Stein: Cuts to AG’s staff threaten law and order, WRAL-TV, July 19, 2017)

363 million—amount in dollars of the total potential liability to the state in those lawsuits being handled by attorneys in the Attorney General’s office (“Cuts aimed at punishing Stein will hurt the interests of all in NC, News & Observer, June 25, 2017)

12—number of days since former Republican Supreme Court Justice Bob Orr wrote in the Charlotte Observer “the draconian stripping of Democrat Attorney General Josh Stein’s budget with no debate or discussion is simply unacceptable. This kind of hardball politics doesn’t just “punish” a political opponent but jeopardizes the critical work of the attorney general’s office.” (“I’m Republican, but N.C. legislature went too far,” Charlotte Observer, July 12, 2017)

About the author

Chris Fitzsimon, Founder and Executive Director of N.C. Policy Watch, writes the Fitzsimon File, delivers a radio commentary broadcast on WRAL-FM and hosts "News and Views," a weekly radio news magazine that airs on multiple stations across North Carolina.
chris@ncpolicywatch.com
919-861-2066