Senate passes budget, pans eugenics compensation (video)

The state Senate gave tentative approval to its $20.1 billion budget on Wednesday. But unlike the NC House, it appears Senate Republicans are not interested in providing compensation to the victims of the state’s forced-sterilization program.

During the debate, Senate Minority Leader Martin Nesbitt said he believed that almost everyone was on board with legislation in the House that would set aside $11 million for the living victims of the state’s eugenics program.

But Surry County Senator Don East made it clear he didn’t believe the state should shoulder the blame or the financial burden:

“You can’t rewrite history. I’m sorry,  I had nothing to do with that, “said East. “A few dollars ain’t going to change nothin’.”

Randolph County Senator Jerry Tillman told Nesbitt he should have pushed for compensation when the Democrats had control of the legislature, rather that look for support this year.

The Senate is expected to give final approval to their proposed budget on Thursday.

To watch Wednesday’s heated exchange over eugenics compensation, click below:

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  1. [...] Senator Don East made that clear a week ago, when he said that he did not have anything to do with the program, and the state should not have to shoulder the burden now. [...]