NC MomsRising tries to do the impossible

Live Blog If you go by the Legislative Building today, you might see MomsRising members selling lemonade to”raise money for the state budget.” They promise “All proceeds will go to the General Fund for the State of North Carolina to invest in children.” It's an admirable goal, but quixotic. The state does not take donations for the General Fund. A bill in the legislature would create a Tax Me More Fund to which taxpayers can donate their tax rebates, but nothing yet that would allow straightforward donations. Surprisingly MomsRising will find more objections from legislators who agree with their funding priorities, such as Rep. Paul Luebke of Durham. “This totally undermines the legislative process, and it’s why it’s not a good idea,” Luebke said during committee debate on the bill. If they're looking for a direct way to help children, the Raleigh Rescue Mission Children's Development Center is just down the street.

Joseph Coletti / Senior Fellow

Joe Coletti is a senior fellow at the John Locke Foundation focused on fiscal policy issues. He previously headed the North Carolina Government Efficiency and Reform initiativ...

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