It’s a good thing state legislators might get a second chance to craft a budget for public education in North Carolina over the next two years.

Because the $24 billion budget they put together for 2019-21 – and that Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed Friday – falls far short of what’s needed to retain top-level talent at our public colleges and universities, make necessary capital improvements and make strategic investments to enhance our institutions and the state.

Legislators did commit significant dollars to capital projects, though bonds would be a more predictable source of funds and address more needs than the pay-as-you-go approach favored by the state Senate.

But they didn’t make anywhere near sufficient investments in human capital:

Public university faculty have received legislative

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