The Republicans in Raleigh have approved their “tax reform” and budget, and we will suffer for both.
According to Senate Minority Whip Josh Stein, the GOP “tax reform” cuts $500 million in revenue, while their budget cuts $500 million from public education over the next several years. Sixty-five percent of the tax cuts go to the wealthiest one percent, while 90 percent of the cuts go to the wealthiest five percent. In other words, the Republican priorities are to take a half billion dollars away from public education and give it to the wealthiest and to out-ofstate corporations.
If we don’t have a well-educated populace, businesses aren’t going to be all that interested in moving here. The Republicans are destroying public education by allowing private schools to take money and some of the best students away from public schools, leaving less money to teach students who need the most resources.