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General Assembly blows past Berger’s “incomeptence” deadline

Yesterday marked th fourth annivesary of the date on which Raleigh’s’ News & Observer reported the following about an attack on the leadership of the General Assembly by then-Senate Minority Leader Phil Berger:

“Senate Republican leader Sen. Phil Berger said it’s another example of Democrats’ incompetence that the state doesn’t have a budget 14 days into the fiscal year.

‘For the average person, when they have a deadline and they need to get something done, they are held accountable,’ said Berger, an Eden Republican, at the weekly Republican news conference.”

The attack, of course, came during a time in which leaders were grappling with a huge budget crisis brought on by the worldwide Great Recession. No word yet on whether Berger plans to apologize this week for his  2009 remarks in light of the failure of the 2013 session to reach a budget deal during a period of what are, by comparion, good economic times.

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