Senate President Phil Berger and House Speaker Thom Tillis struggled to explain the Republicans’ stance on local control at their weekly press conference.
With the controlling party moving quickly to reverse municipal annexations, repeal the land transfer tax option, and limit local controls on several other issues, a reporter asked the two: “Are Republicans for local control or not?”
Senator Berger said Republicans believe in an “individual’s freedom.”
Another reporter followed up questioning why then would House Republicans seek to limit an individual student’s freedom by passing legislation that would allow community colleges to refuse to make low-interest federal loans available to students who need them?
Berger responded by saying that too was an individual freedom. If a student wanted a low-interest federal loan, then they could simply go to a community college that offered that option.
For more on the exchange, watch the video below: