Most of the blame for the decision by legislative leaders to slam the door again in the face of the survivors of the state’s horrific eugenics program has been placed on Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger. And he deserves a lot of it.
Berger said there was not enough support in the Senate to include the $11 million for compensation for the eugenics victims in the final version of the budget. But it didn’t appear he was too thrilled about the idea either, or he could have made sure it was part of the final agreement.
But part of this is the fault of House Speaker Thom Tillis too. Tillis certainly deserves credit for championing the issue and even taking to the House floor to speak out for it, an unusual thing for a House Speaker to do. But compensation for the victims must never have been his top priority, his must-have provision in final budget negotiations. Read more