Raleigh – North Carolina Democratic Party Chairman Wayne Goodwin released the following statement after the North Carolina General Assembly passed SB99 mostly along partisan lines:
“Today’s vote was the swansong of the Republican supermajority. This budget was crafted in secret by special interests and members elected from unconstitutionally gerrymandered districts and rushed through with no chance to amend or fix it. All because Republicans are terrified to face the voters.
“The General Assembly had a clear choice during this budget debate: public schools or corporate tax cuts. Governor Cooper and Democrats chose our public schools while Republicans chose to protect their corporate tax cuts. At every step of the way, Democrats offered a better vision for our schools, our state employees, the middle class, our students, and our state, yet Republicans refused to even hear those policies. Republicans’ priorities are clear, and voters will remember them this November.”