Ten House Republicans vote against budget

Posted July 24, 2013
Updated July 26, 2013

— Ten House Republicans broke ranks with their party and voted against the $20.6 billion budget that the legislature gave tentative approval to Tuesday.

Final votes were expected in the House and Senate Wednesday. The measure would then go to Gov. Pat McCrory. In the Senate, Rep. Fletcher Hartsell, R-Cabarrus, was the lone Republican in the Senate to buck his party. 

In the House, the 10 GOP "no" votes were:

  • John Blust, R-Guilford
  • Robert Brawley, R-Iredell
  • Brian Brown, R-Pitt 
  • Josh Dobson, R-McDowell 
  • Jeff Elmore, R-Wilkes
  • Linda Johnson, R-Cabarrus
  • Chris Millis, R-Pender
  • Larry Pittman, R-Cabarrus
  • Nathan Ramsey, R-Buncombe
  • Chris Whitmire, R-Transylvania 

Brown went to the trouble of issuing a news release to explain his opposition.

"I maintain specific reservations with provisions relating to Education, Healthcare, as well as policy measures affecting East Carolina University. Due to specific provisions that could restrict the institutions that make up the ground work of my District, I could not support the current Budget Proposal," Brown said.

Johnson told the Charlotte observer she did not favor the budget provisions.

And Brawley tells WRAL he had a problem with how the budget was put together. 

"I don't like putting policy in the budget," he said. Many of the education provisions, he said, were matters of law that had little to do with state spending. Placing policy matters in the budget, a bill "too big to fail," is an old trick at the legislative building, but one that can raise hackles. 

"I'd just like to have a chance to discuss those provisions," Brawley said. "I didn't like it when the Democrats did that, and I don't like when Republicans do it." 


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  • issymayake Jul 24, 2013

    Kudos to Representative Brawley for recognizing that policy matters should not be included in a budget like this. The other ten, way to vote your conscience.

  • Jack Flash Jul 24, 2013

    6 posted comments at the point I'm typing this, and the 4 that come from 'liberals' all compliment them. Huh. I'd heard all liberals just hated everything any Republican ever did just b/c they were Republicans.

    I'd like to hear what conservatives have to say about this. I mean, it seems to me that some of the people they have been praising unilaterally are breaking rank. One might even think the Moral Monday protests are getting through to some people.

  • Krimson Jul 24, 2013

    Eleven who have to face moderate voters next cycle...

  • snshine62d Jul 24, 2013

    I think they know what's going to happen when the people vote in 2014.

  • razor2 Jul 24, 2013

    This is great however you can bet the governor will not show
    the same integrity....

  • brevard Jul 24, 2013

    I plan to send a thank you note to each of them. That showed courage.

  • tracmister Jul 24, 2013

    I have immense respect for these Republicans who stood against those who are intentionally and maliciously trying to hurt the children of this state.

  • sisu Jul 24, 2013

    Well bless Senator Hartsell and the ten Republican House members who stood up for the people of their districts. It is true that this budget unfairly takes away from the poor to give more tax breaks to the rich.

    I may not be poor now but I know very well what it is like. It doesn't mean you are lazy and worthless. It does mean you are worried almost all the time and hungry too much of the time. It does mean that your mom is going to cry when you drop the potato salad from the fridge to the table and that you are going to scoop what you can from the top.