UPDATE: During 4th week of budget stalemate, Speaker Thom Tillis raising money in Washington, DC. Here's video of him today, Wednesday July 23, leaving the Capitol Hill Club in Washington, DC after hosting a fundraiser.
Instead of doing his job in Raleigh, Tillis is raising money from special interests and lobbyists in Washington, DC.
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 Thom Tillis and Senate President Phil Berger failed to meet their responsibility and missed their June 30 deadline. Now the meter is running.
State lawmakers spend $50,000 of taxpayer money every day they're in session. That's $50K for each day they are coming to Raleigh. That's $50K per day even when the House Speaker is missing. So far they've wasted enough money to pay for more than 16 teachers including benefits:
As Republican lawmakers admit, some of the delay has come because Speaker Thom Tillis has been missing from Raleigh and traveling to Washington, DC to raise money for a run for U.S. Senate.
ON THE NIGHT OF JUNE 30 INSTEAD OF DOING HIS JOB AS SPEAKER, HE WAS SEEN AT REAGAN NATIONAL AIRPORT IN WASHINGTON, DC. CHECK OUT THE PHOTO BELOW.
We need leaders in Raleigh who do the job they have now, instead of campaigning for one they want later. Share this page and let your friends and family keep track of how much money is wasted!