Holding Teachers Hostage & Phil Berger’s Foolish Bluff

It’s October 30th.

Over 100 days and 4 million dollars wasted on an extended session in which Phil Berger has not had the guts to even call a vote on a veto-override in the NC Senate and today this happens.

From the News & Observer:

Republicans in the General Assembly are offering Democrats a deal that would mean raises for teachers and some other state employees if the state budget becomes law.

North Carolina teachers could get the 3.9% raises over the next two years that are in the state budget, which includes step increases for longevity, or an additional raise that would bring the total raise to 4.4% if Democrats vote with Republicans to override the governor’s veto of the budget, Republican General Assembly leaders announced Wednesday.

Simply put, if Democrats allow for the veto-override to occur, then Republicans will give teachers some money.

This teacher wants the Democrats in the NCGA Senate to stand strong because Berger and Moore are doing nothing more than holding teachers hostage in this budget impasse.

Later in the report:

Moore said the bill sends a message to Democrats that there will be “even more” investment in education than what would happen if the budget veto is overridden.

Berger called the raises “above and beyond” what was in the original budget.

“We will soon learn whether Senate Democrats are more committed to the Governor’s Medicaid ultimatum or to what they claim is a top priority: teachers,” Berger said in a statement.

“There’s still time for Senate Democrats to come back to us with what more they need to override the veto. This bill can change in five minutes. Otherwise, this is it. If the Governor vetoes this bill, teachers and support staff are the only ones in the state who will get nothing,” Berger said.

There are two quotes in that segment that truly sum up the vile disgust that Berger and Moore continue to show public school teachers.

  1. “We will soon learn whether Senate Democrats are more committed to the Governor’s Medicaid ultimatum or to what they claim is a top priority: teachers.”
  2. “If the Governor vetoes this bill, teachers and support staff are the only ones in the state who will get nothing.

Literally, what this whole 100 day period of cowardly manipulation has come down to is a fool’s bluff. Either Democrats can give teachers more salary and neglect all of the other important funding for public schools in order to make sure that Medicaid does not get expanded, or make sure that teachers and support staff will be the only people in the state who do not see raises in a year of a giant surplus.

And still not expand Medicaid.

 

Sustain the veto.

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