GOP offers false choice on budget negotiations
RALEIGH -- Instead of compromising, GOP leadership in the NC General Assembly would rather cut education even further. If the GOP cannot get the budget votes needed to override the Governor's veto, they are threatening to go home and leave schools to struggle under a terrible budget passed and vetoed by the Governor last year. In a joint statement from House Speaker Thom Tillis and Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger, they threaten: "If there are not enough votes to override the veto in the House, the two-year budget enacted last year will remain in place."
But that is a false choice. Republicans can negotiate with Gov. Perdue and Democratic lawmakers to come up with a compromise budget that will soften the impact of the harsh Republican budget. Among the issues worth negotiating: closing the gaping tax cut loophole for millionaires and spending the money saved on schools, compensation for sterilization victims, and Help America Vote Act (HAVA) funds.
"Tillis and Berger have an opportunity to act like statesmen, but instead they are acting like schoolyard brats," said Gerrick Brenner, Executive Director of Progress North Carolina. "They are threatening to take their ball and go home if they don't get their way. Their unwillingness to compromise threatens our children and our future. Parents and voters want solutions and compromise, not politicians dug into the mud."