No real debate was allowed when the Republican majority and five renegade Democrats in the House voted in the middle of the night to override Governor Beverly Perdue's veto of the regressive Republican budget. That's not an accident, rather the latest display of the Republicans' heavy-handed tactics this year.
House Minority Leader Joe Hackney and House Majority Leader Paul Stam were given three minutes each to speak. Hackney talked eloquently about the damage the budget will do to public schools, community colleges and the UNC system.
He cited a report from the N.C. Budget & Tax Center that shows the tax cuts in the Republican budget could create as many as 14,000 jobs in the next two years but the massive spending cuts and the loss of federal funding they would trigger would result in the LOSS of 45,000 public and private sector jobs.
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