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:
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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.