The biggest responsibility for state lawmakers in even-years is to simply pass a budget and pass it on time. But North Carolina's General Assembly led by Speaker Tim Moore and Senate President Phil Berger failed to meet their responsibility and missed their June 30 deadline. Now, as thousands of educators nervously await pink slips, there's still no end in sight to the current budget impasse. The meter is running:
State lawmakers spend $42,000 of taxpayer money every day they're in session. Not only are these delays costing taxpayers, they're creating chaos for our schools. Local school board members and superintendents are speaking out:
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Superintendent Ann Clark said that if schools open without a state budget, “we reach a crisis point very quickly.”
Pitt County School Board member Sean Kenny said, "I am absolutely disgusted with this budget situation at the state. We start school in a couple weeks, and we don’t have an established state budget. That’s disgusting, it’s irresponsible, and it’s absolutely deplorable.”
Charlotte-Mecklenburg School Board member Tim Morgan said, “We’re getting ready to open our doors ... and we don’t have a clue yet if we’re going to have to (lay off) 500 teacher assistants or hire more than 100 teachers.”
Charlotte-Mecklenburg School Board member Ericka Ellis-Stewart: “Let your elected officials know that we should not stand for this and it’s affecting our ability to educate children.”
These budget cuts are creating chaos for our schools and have already cost taxpayers over a million dollars. Help us spread the word about the harmful effects of this budget impasse.