Lieutenant Governor Walter Dalton today called on his gubernatorial opponent Pat McCrory to join him in pledging to forgo an additional $330,000 in funding hidden in the state budget for executive branch transition. The total $750,000 allocated in the budget for the gubernatorial transition and inauguration represents a 78% increase from four years ago.
"While too many North Carolinians are still struggling through tough times, Pat McCrory's allies in the legislature slipped an extra $330,000 in unnecessary funding for the gubernatorial transition. They said they were coming to Raleigh to cut "fraud and waste'- Well, I think we've found it," Dalton said, "In the midst of teacher layoffs and cuts in financial aid, this hidden 'party' money sends the wrong message. If I am elected Governor, I will decline any additional funding, and hope that Pat McCrory will pledge to do so as well. Furthermore, the legislature has a chance to right this wrong before they adjourn and direct this money where it belongs--for education or economic development."
The 2008 budget included $420,000 for the inauguration and transition [Conference Committee report, page J-2]
"Governor's transition and inauguration" $420,000 [Conference Committee report, page J-2]
"Transition Reserve: Funds a reserve for operating expenses and temporary staff for planning, reorganization, and other activities related to the transition of Executive Branch offices. Any unspent funds shall revert to the General Fund at the end of the fiscal year." [Conference Committee report, page J-18]