posted on June 18, 2012 10:24
Last year, the State Legislature passed a bill to charge people riding state ferries tolls but, then, after the legislature left town the Governor thumbed her nose at the legislators and said, Well, you can pass it but darned if I’ll collect it.
So the tolls were a dead issue. Until the legislature reconvened. Except when the legislators got back to town an odd thing happened: Probably because there’s an election coming up the State House decided the Governor was right, switched sides, and turned thumbs down on tolls too.
Then an even more surprising thing happened.
Hanging out on the end of the limb, alone and abandoned, lambasted by the Governor and deserted by the State House, the State Senate reared up on its hind legs and told both the Governor and the House to take a hike.
Now, no matter how you feel about tolls, you’ve got to give Phil Berger and the boys in the Senate credit: They’re one group of politicians in Raleigh who – election or no election – are sticking to their guns.