RALEIGH, N.C. — Last Thursday, the State Senate approved a $21 billion dollar budget with only eight hours of review and without any public comment whatsoever. Not a single interested tax paying citizen or anyone else affected by the North Carolina budget had an opportunity to voice their opinion.
“Unfortunately this budget still under funds our schools, raises tuition for our community colleges, and cuts funding to our university system and delivers pay raises for some of our teachers at the expense of others,” said Senator Terry Van Duyn. “We are likely to continue losing educators to other states and other professions, which hurts our future.
“I strongly advocated for legislation that would have cleaned up the coal ash pond in Buncombe County and every other pond in our State. However, in a cowardly move, the Republican-led Senate kicked-the-can down the road by scheduling a special session afterthe election so they could protect Duke Energy from cleaning up our coal ash ponds. They are playing politics with the safety of our community” said Van Duyn.
“If you agree that we should write a budget that holds our children’s education in the light and that we should hold polluters accountable for trashing our air and water, then I urge you to get out and vote in November. Your health and safety matters, and the Republicans currently in office need to get that message.”