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Home cooking for Tillis

Not too many years ago, folks on the Right were howling about a decision by former House Speaker Jim Black to give state money to Johnson and Wales University, a private school in Charlotte well known for its culinary arts program.

The N.C. Institute for Constitutional Law even sued to try to force the school to refund the money. The effort failed but the pundits on the Right continued their relentless attacks on Black’s support of state funding for the private school in his home county, ridiculing it at every turn as a symbol of what was wrong with the General Assembly leadership.

Now the N&O’s John Frank reports that the current House budget, under the leadership of another Mecklenburg County Speaker of the House, Republican Thom Tillis, includes $500,000 for the same Johnson and Wales campus.

But nobody seems to be very upset about it this time.

Sounds like home cooking for Tillis in the budget and on Right Wing Avenue.

 

6 Comments

  1. frances

    June 19, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    Chris,
    I thought you would be talking about the headlines “Senate will probe fraudulent DOT letter” instead of Tillis and food schools. I also thought you might talk about ” Altered Letters from Perdue’s Staff Push Money for Toll Projects DOT says Not Ready” How in the world can anyone ignore such illegal practices and bash Tillis all the time? How can you be a nonprofit? If you want to announce you are the arm of the Democrat Party, fine. Just be honest that you are not in pursuit of truth, justice and the end of poverty, but rather a Democrat organiation that should not be nonprofit.

  2. Frank Burns

    June 19, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    The dishonesty of these non profit groups really bothers me too. It is fraudulent to call themselves non partisan when they are clearly partisan. Democacy NC is another non profit that claims to be non partisan. There ought to be a law somewhere to prevent these groups from making these claims.

    I looked over the NC Democratic resolutions and see that it has become a party beholding to Advocacy Groups and no longer represents the NC citizenry who are not members of any advocacy groups.

  3. jlp75

    June 19, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    Frank you may be on to something. Those partisan right wing nut job sites such as John Locke Foundation and NC Civitas really bother me too. Frances, you need to be in pursuit of the English language. Once you’ve found it, feel free to come back and communicate with the other English speakers.

  4. [...] did manage to find state money for Johnson and Wales University in Charlotte, the private culinary school [...]

  5. Andy Perrigo

    June 22, 2012 at 9:18 am

    I don’t think you should connect “Tillis” and “right-wing” in the same thought. So-called “right-wing” probably wouldn’t have funded the culinary school, nor teapot museums. One other unrelated thought: Does Policy Watch get state tax-breaks for educating the people of NC on the evils of government? If so, why wouldn’t that be considered lost state revenue? My point is that your objection to tuition scholarship money -or the ‘voucher scheme’ as you call it- does the same thing. It is not the “state’s money”.

  6. [...] me again while we are giving $500,000 in public money to a private culinary arts school in [...]