Crunch time- Raleigh News & Observer

The governor and legislators have come to the moment of truth on budgeting. Fairness and effectiveness are what matters.

As Gov. Beverly Perdue herself might say, were she looking at the challenges facing, for instance, a governor in a state with 11 percent-plus unemployment, a budget gap of $4.7 billion, serious bickering ahead on both raising taxes and slicing expenditures, even in public education … what was that again? Oh, yes, what the governor might say if the predicament belonged to someone else: Bless your heart. Probably followed by: Lord, have mercy.