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House Speaker Thom Tillis is at again, telling an audience at a town hall meeting in Matthews Monday that the Republican budget cut too much, as if he is powerless to do anything about it.

Tillis also said lawmakers “disproportionately” cut money for early-childhood programs. In the name of efficiency, lawmakers combined a pre-kindergarten program known as More at Four with Smart Start. Both are aimed at helping poor and at-risk students. They cut $16 million from the pre-kindergarten budget and $37.5 million from Smart Start.

Tillis said the money for students in third grade and younger is inadequate.

If Tillis really believes that, why doesn’t he fix it? The House and Senate have held several special sessions since the budget was passed and have ignored a court order to make NC Pre-K available to all at-risk four-year-olds.

They have also refused to consider a proposal by Governor to shift money to restore the cuts made this session and allow 6.300 at-risk kids to enroll in the pre-k program.

5 Comments

  1. Andrew

    December 6, 2011 at 8:55 am

    Mr. Fitzsimon,

    In America, we separate three digit sequences in a number with a comma, not a period. You’re getting us confused with Europe.

  2. gregflynn

    December 6, 2011 at 10:34 am

    Andrew,

    In Europe, as in America, 6.300 means the same thing.

    In Europe, as in America, computer keyboards have adjacent comma and period keys.

    That a simple typographical error can precipitate a voluntary demonstration of profound ignorance visible on every continent of the world should be a caution. It is one thing to shoot yourself in the foot. It is quite another when the foot is in your mouth.

  3. Scott Bass

    December 6, 2011 at 11:10 am

    Andrew’s comment reminds me of Jesus’ words about straining at a tiny gnat while swallowing a whole camel. The damage being done to our children and our communities concerns me as an American and a North Carolina native and lifelong resident. The typo of hitting a period rather than a comma does not.

  4. Andrew

    December 7, 2011 at 10:01 am

    Greg,

    It seems you got so excited about taking a shot at me that you forgot to include some substance in your argument.

    I was making a brief comment on the cultural institutions surrounding grammar. Mr. Fitzsimon’s comment used a period in an instance where Americans traditionally use a comma. It isn’t necessarily wrong, but it is at variance with our cultural norm.

    And by the way, lighten up.

  5. Katy Munger

    December 7, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    If anyone would like to see footage of Tillis’s remark on early education, here is a link to a video we made of his answers at the Matthews Town Hall meeting: http://youtu.be/e6fn5MdQL8Q