Letter: Legislature, in fact, approved a budget last year

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, June 3, 2020

I strongly encourage people to support the Salisbury Post. I think it’s extremely important to have a source of information on local governments and events.

However, it is frustrating that the Post does not see its bias and how it drives away readers.

Sunday’s editorial, “RSS can be more strategic next year” includes the statement, “A study … didn’t move forward because of the failure of the state legislators to pass a budget.” The N.C. legislature passed a budget in June 2019. Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed it.

Educators should note that Gov. Cooper signed “mini-budgets” after the budget veto, to include pay raises for some other state employees.

Gov. Cooper vetoed a “mini-budget” that would have given teachers, teacher assistants, custodians and other staff pay raises. The governor vetoed pay raises for educators twice.

In the Senate vote, four Democrats voted for the budget. After the governor’s veto, zero Senate Democrats voted for the budget. Looks like politics over helping constituents.

It would be correct to say that the governor and the legislature failed to reach a budget compromise, but the legislature did pass a budget. In addition, the governor vetoed pay raises for educators, twice.

Elaine Hewitt