posted on June 18, 2012 17:25
For a year Phil Berger the Leader of the State Senate’s been looking the Governor in the eye and telling her, ‘No,’ and now as if wrestling a Governor isn’t enough trouble for one man he’s told the State House ‘No’ too.
Governor Perdue and the Democrats have been pummeling House Speaker Thom Tillis for not spending more on education so now with the election coming on Speaker Tillis and the House Republicans are spending more – $250 million more.
But the minute their budget got over to the Senate Phil Berger took one look at it and, election or no election, said, No.
Then, with politicians in the legislature changing directions like weathervanes, I reckon just to be sure no one missed his point, Berger said, ‘No,’ to Speaker Tillis’ pet bill to pay compensation to eugenics victims, and to House Republican Leader Skip Stam’s pet bill to give corporations tax credits if they’ll donate to scholarships to send poor children to private schools.
When the smoke cleared the House and Senate leaders set down to negotiate a ‘budget compromise’ and next I reckon we’re going to find out how much backbone those No’s have.