The budget cutting is getting serious in North Carolina as the recession continues.
Lawmakers have been forced to cut funding for education and
health programs. The News & Observer of Raleigh reported Friday the
cuts will likely hit lawmakers when they head to lunch.
The budget the House will debate next week includes a 10 percent
increase in prices at the cafeteria in the basement of the
legislative building. The cafeteria includes made-from-scratch
items and banana pudding is a favorite.
The main dining area includes lobbyists, staffers, journalists
and state employees from nearby buildings looking for a good meal at a
The restaurant prices cover the cost of the food, about $925,000
last year. State money pays for the rest, which includes the