Investment in public education is not welfare, it’s wise policy. Thom Tillis, Phil Berger and the current legislature are hurting North Carolinians with drastic education cuts to our schools and universities while gifting business owners (many of them wealthy) $336 million yearly.
An environment devoid of a strong educational system and other strong public systems like courts, roads and parks will eventually be devoid of economic strength and progress.
A May 30 article in The New York Times headlined “A gap in college graduates leaves some cities behind” outlined the fact that some metro areas and states are thriving while others are deteriorating. Here is one direct quote: “The winners are metro areas like Raleigh, N.C., San Francisco and Stamford, Conn., where more than 40 percent of the adult residents have college degrees. The Raleigh area has a booming technology sector and several major research universities” and “now, Dayton is racing to produce, attract and retain college graduates as a badly needed food for its hungry economy. But it is a painstaking process.”
I have one question for N.C. legislators: Why the race to the bottom? I have another for North Carolinians: Why are we allowing it?