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Senate is being just plain dishonest about its budget proposal

This simply cannot be allowed to stand: Senate Republican leaders are attempting to argue that they are helping the state’s K-12 education system by pumping more money into it.

Just a few minutes ago, Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger (his staff really) tweeted the following:

“Our budget adjustment restores $158 million to K-12 education and increases state funding for teachers/TAs #ncpol #ncga”

Now, anyone with any familiarity with the English language could only take this one way: that the Senate was “restoring” money that had been slashed from public education — either last year or, maybe, that had been proposed to be cut by the House of the Governor.

This however, is quite demonstrably NOT true. It is, in other words, an intentionally misleading statement.

As today’s Fitzsimon File highlights, the Senate budget actually takes K-12 spending down by another $200+ million below the inadequate levels proposed by the House. By not making up for the expiration of federal emergency dollars that were designed to tide states over during the recession, the Senate would make North Carolina’s already inadequate education budget that much worse.

The bottom line memo to Senator Berger:

If you think North Carolina public schools should receive hundreds of millions less next year and fire thousands more educators, then have the guts to say so. Don’t play word-parsing games reminsicent of Bill Clinton’s infamous “It depends on what the meaning of ’is’ is.” 

Come on Senator, be a man leader and own up  to what you are doing.  

 

 

 

2 Comments

  1. Leah

    June 12, 2012 at 9:54 am

    Not loving the sexist language (“be a man”) at the end of an otherwise good post. Maybe “be a leader” would be better phrasing in the future?

  2. Rob Schofield

    June 12, 2012 at 9:55 am

    Message received.