If our open records request to Gov. Pat McCrory's office were a baby, it could roll over and eat solid food. It's been nearly seven months since we asked for hizzoner's travel records. And what have we received? Crickets.
What other modes of travel take half a year or so? We could have traveled to Mars by now. See below for other comparisons.
Besides McCrory's stonewalling, the other thing weighing our minds is the state budget. We've broken down some proposed budget numbers (see related story) to illustrate how the state's most vulnerable people are being penalized.
Number of days since the INDY filed an open records request with Gov. Pat McCrory's office seeking his travel records
Days Soyuz TMA-9 astronauts spent docked at the International Space Station in 2006
Estimated days required to hike the Appalachian Trail
Sailing, sorta: 148
Days that two Thai men survived at sea floating in a large icebox
Amount lost in revenue because of the GOP's tax plan
Amount cut from the Division of Child Development & Early Education
Cut from Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities & Substance Abuse Services
Cut from Public Health
Cut from Aging and Adult Services
Cut from the Wright School, its entire budget. Under the Senate proposal, school would close by Sept. 30.
It serves children statewide who have severe emotional, cognitive and developmental disabilities. Here is a previous story about the school, which is located in Durham.
Source: Senate budget, North Carolina General Assembly