But don’t worry – this Democratic rep says he “understands ” it now. Gee, when you vote for a Republican budget that cuts millions of dollars from local school systems there are actually teaching cuts – what a surprise. Glad Rep. Owens finally understands, although it’s a little late since he already voted.
At this point, with thousands of teaching layoffs around NC, the June pre-budget passing comments  of Republican House Speaker Thom Tillis are worth remembering – Owens sure took them to heart:
“We have a budget that restores all the K-12 education funding for teachers and teachers’ assistants. The minute that budget gets signed, those people don’t have to worry about being out of a job three weeks from now,” Tillis said.
Of course, the Republican budget also did include $30 million  in funding for a bridge in Democrat Owens’ district. Good thing Rep. Owens and the Speaker have their priorities straight.