Earlier today, Senator Thom Tillis refused to say whether he agreed with Senate Leader Mitch McConnell that North Carolina’s state and local governments with budgets severely impacted by the coronavirus should go “the bankruptcy route” instead of receiving aid from the federal government.
Appearing on Fox News, Tillis warned against helping states and towns that “maybe had bad financials before this started.”
North Carolina local governments are already reporting drastic budget shortfalls, leaving funding for schools, firefighters, and police in jeopardy. The City of Charlotte is projecting a nearly $14 million shortfall due to COVID-19, and Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles has even suggested laying off staff.
McConnell’s comments have drawn swift, bipartisan rebuke, with one GOP Representative calling McConnell “the Marie Antoninette of the Senate” and Republican Governor Larry Hogan saying, “The last thing we need in the middle of an economic crisis is to have states all filing bankruptcy all across America and not able to provide services to people who desperately need them.”
As other Republicans speak out, North Carolinians deserve to know whether Senator Tillis agrees that state and local governments that fund our firefighters, police, and schools should declare bankruptcy rather than receive aid from the federal government.