Nesbitt: Senate cuts 'death blow' to schools

Posted May 10, 2011

Senate Minority Leader Martin Nesbitt told reporters today that the Senate's proposed cuts in education spending would be a "death blow" to NC schools.

The Senate's plan for education spending, released this morning, would deepen the House's cuts to K-12 schools by about 15%, and community college cuts would be about 19% deeper. But it would ease cuts to the university system by about 20%.  

Senate GOP leaders say they're trying to find some balance to the education cuts. But Nesbitt called the proposal "devastating." 

"We are destroying the public school system in this state, period," Nesbitt said, pointing out that K-12 schools had already faced two years of steep cuts under the Democrats. "When you've got those cuts already, and you put these on top of them, it's just a death blow."  

Nesbitt said GOP leaders wouldn't need to cut so deeply if they would extend a temporary one-cent sales tax set to expire June 30th. Republican leaders say they won't consider it because they promised voters the tax would expire. But Nesbitt insists they have a choice. Senate Democrats hold weekly press conference Nesbitt: Proposed cuts 'death blow' to education

"They're not doing this because they have to. They're doing this because they want to," he said. "I'm beginning to see a pattern here that makes me think the Republican party doesn't like public schools." 

Watch Nesbitt's unedited comments at right. 


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  • dlphnwmn8 May 17, 2011

    Day 31 and still waiting on HB 676

  • dlphnwmn8 May 16, 2011

    How we coming on HB 676???

  • stanmak May 12, 2011

    we should continue to raise taxes and keep our education system the exact same.

  • garydenny1965 May 11, 2011

    This is to 1 awesome Dad, You are exactly right in both your comments. They are closer to being "NAZI's" than they are Republicans...I have never seen so called "Human Beings" that care so little about the people they are supposed to be Representing....

  • 1 awesome Dad May 11, 2011

    Senator Nesbitt,

    the death blow happened back in 1992 when NAFTA was signed and company after company left our workers high and dry. Incredibly with the resilience of North Carolina it has taken this long for it to show itself.

  • 1 awesome Dad May 10, 2011

    I hate to say it but the R's are just a bunch of legalized mafia

  • jonathangonia May 10, 2011

    I am glad to see that one of our leaders have us in mind.. The Republicans should just sign it and go on.. Their bill that they wanted has passed... So just make a clean bill and get the show on the the road.. or just sign Nesbitts discharge petition and pass a vote their is no need to hold the poor hostage now.. You have what you want..