Editorial: Careful – Cuts really are a matter of life and death – Fayetteville Observer

With a $3 billion-plus budget shortfall, everything is on the table – except human lives. Some public responsibilities can’t take a hard-times hiatus.

North Carolina nursing homes are the subject of a federal investigation after allegations that vulnerable people have been harmed, some killed, by poor policy decisions that would be compounded by poor budget choices. The investigation is welcome, as is the state’s readiness to cooperate.

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