The Mecklenburg County Democrat, appointed in May to replace former state Senator Dan Clodfelter, chastised the chamber for failing to include any members of minority party in the extensive negotiations, then rushing to pass the mammoth spending package before lawmakers could fully read it:
“I could bring ten people in off the street, explain to each of them how this budget was made, and everyone of them would tell you they expect more from us,” said Jackson.
“You’re going to say Democrats did it worse. And you are right, you’re absolutely right. But in carrying on this legacy, you’re wrong. You’ve mislearned all of those lessons.
Being in power means being able to change things for the better. This isn’t just the way it works, this isn’t just the way it’s always worked. It’s wrong. And maybe it takes the new kid on the block to tell you that, but so be it.”
The state budget won final Senate approved around 12:30 a.m. Friday. House members take up the bill this hour, and hope to give it their final approval early Saturday morning.
House and Senate leaders have postponed  any decisions on coal ash regulations until mid-November, after the elections.
Click below to hear some of Sen. Jackson’s remarks on the Senate floor: