I pray the economists are correct. North Carolina has managed to stay clear of the major problems that states such as California are dealing with. However the '08 budget cuts were very painful for public schools, community colleges, and state universities. Some readers (of the article) have questioned why we need a stimulus package if a late '09 recovery is possible. My answer to that is simple, the late '09 recovery is based on the idea that there will be some form of help coming from the federal government. Whether the idea of a stimulus package is a good idea or not is not the issue. There will be a very large stimulus package passed by President Obama in early '09. So the issue is how will that money be used by the states, businesses, and private citizens to improve the economy.