And what would be the results if those cuts to the state's education, police, firefighter and health services funds actually go through?
Well, North Carolina would wind up just as bad as South Carolina! And they can't let that happen, can they?
After a $2 billion drop in revenue since 2008, South Carolina is now projected to be $830 million short for the next fiscal year, resulting in the State Assembly scrambling to find additional programs to cut from funding. Layoffs of teachers, police and firefighters were already frequent in this period, too.
Included in South Carolina state government's proposed responses are additional teacher layoffs, mandatory furloughs of state employees and cuts to Medicaid.
If TogetherNC is successful in its goal of protecting the state budget, maybe Palmetto State residents could just move across the state line. At least North Carolina will be doing its job, and could give us some jobs, too.