The truth about NC's education spending

Lining the pockets of the wealthy at the expense of teachers:

Senate leader Phil Berger, an Eden Republican, said teacher raises weren’t possible because the legislature had to commit an additional $1.5 billion over two years to pay for Medicaid. But Berger also backed major tax cuts signed by the governor that will cost the state $500 million over the first two years and more than $2 billion in lost tax revenue over the next five years.

The truthful answer isn’t that North Carolina couldn’t afford to give money. It just couldn’t afford to give it to teachers.

Not only does a big chunk of that money go into the pockets of a handful of already wealthy scions like Art Pope (Estate Tax), a lot of the others won't have a skin in the education game:

This is not an effort to "beat up" on retired people, but North Carolina isn't a rest home. It's a home for millions of working parents, and millions of school-age children. And sacrificing their future so a handful of country-clubbers can afford a bigger boat could hardly be described as responsible governing.

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The lie machine is still cranked up

Today DAG McCrony lied again about the education budget and so did Berger:

They're definitely in a panic. They realize that they can't fool people and no one believes them. They've fallen back on "keep repeating it" but it's too late.

They should man up and admit what they did instead of attempting to paper over it. They must be ashamed of what they did, since they're trying to claim they didn't do it.

What happened? They were all so happy when they passed the budget. Did they misjudge people's reactions? Did they think people wouldn't notice?

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"I will have a priority on building relationships with the minority caucus. I want to put substance behind those campaign speeches." -- Thom Tillis, Nov. 5, 2014

I live in Retirement Central

And also in Military Family Central.

Fort Bragg is the largest US Army base by population. It is known as the Home of the Airborne and Special Operation Force. Fort Bragg houses the XVIII Airborne Corps and the 82nd Airborne Division. The U.S. Army Special Operations Command and the U.S. Army Parachute Team (the Golden Knights). Fort Bragg units include the 1st Corps Support Command, 44th Medical Command, XVIII Airborne Corps Artillery, 18th Aviation Brigade, 35th Signal Brigade, and more.

That's a lot of people, that's a lot of kids, and they don't all live on post, with the privilege of attending DoD schools.

These cuts to education are going to hurt the families of men and women who are giving themselves, their lives for their country. I think that's more important than lining the pockets of the blue-hairs I see driving their Jags, Lincolns and RR's into the Country Club of NC.