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Thanks Speaker Tillis! Budget cut NC mosquito control – down east suffering

The News and Observer details the swarms of mosquitoes plaguing the eastern counties hit hardest by Hurricane Irene.  Most haven’t been able to do aerial spraying like they did after Hurricane Floyd because Speaker Tillis and the Republican budget writers in Raleigh entirely cut the NC mosquito control program this summer.  Now West Nile virus is feared and in some areas clouds of mosquitoes swarm the entire windshield and side windows of cars.  Thanks for not keeping that 1 cent sales tax Speaker Tillis and making these “necessary” cuts (like  highway patrol training).

6 Comments

  1. jlp75

    September 23, 2011 at 11:17 am

    Sounds like Speaker Tillis needs a gut punch, or perhaps a mosquito bite will do.

  2. AdamL

    September 23, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    Yes, thank you Mr. Speaker, I can’t walk around my block anymore without getting devoured. My daughter looks like she has hives.

  3. frances

    September 23, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    This is the fault of Tillis instead of Perdue why?

  4. jlp75

    September 23, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    Frances,

    Are you really that dense or just a partisan hack? Let me spell it out for you. The General Assembly, of which one half is lead by Speaker Tillis, crafted and passed the budget which among other things cut the funding for mosquito control. Governor Perdue VETOED said budget saying that the cuts in general went to far and that she could not support it. Stick with me now. The General Assembly (again half lead by Speaker Tillis) along with a handful of turncoat Democratic representatives voted to override the VETO. Therefore Speaker Tillis through his leadership of the House is responsible for the lack of funding for mosquito control. The Governor can be criticized for many things, however this is not among them.

  5. Frances Jenkins

    September 25, 2011 at 8:37 am

    What that cut not part of Perdue’s budget as well?

  6. Doug Gibson

    September 25, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    Frances, your original question was “why is this Tillis’s fault and not Perdue’s?” The answer is simply that Governor Perdue had nothing to do with the budget that passed. Unless you’re saying that Perdue could somehow have rescued this single item through the power of moral persuasion.

    Otherwise, what was in her budget is now irrelevant. Republicans had a chance to hang austerity around Perdue’s neck as well as theirs; they passed on the opportunity, thinking they could own tax cuts and sham increases in education spending. Now they own a tax cut nobody notices and one of the biggest job-killing budgets the state has ever seen.

    And all they can say, apparently, is “well, if we had passed the governor’s budget, then things would have been almost as bad.” Yeah, right. Well played, Mr. Speaker. Well played.