McCrory compares NC Senate leaders to Basnight, Rand and Reid

Posted by Jim Morrill on July 14, 2014 

Republican Gov. Pat McCrory Monday stood by his threatened veto of a Senate budget bill, and compared GOP Senate leaders to past Democratic leaders Marc Basnight and Tony Rand.

“I think some of my Senate Republicans, when they got the majority, they’re trying to replicate (the Democrats),” the governor told WFAE’s Mike Collins. “That’s frankly the culture I wanted to change. I don’t think two to three legislators ought to have that much power … that’s the stuff (Democratic Senate Majority Leader) Harry Reid does in D.C.”

The governor criticized Senate GOP proposals to raise teacher pay by 11 percent while cutting teacher assistants and Medicaid. McCrory has sided with a House proposal to raise teacher pay 6 percent while leaving teacher assistants in place.

The Senate plan, he told Collins, is “just not financially reasonable.”

He also chided the Senate for bottling up some measures in committee. He singled out the so-called puppy mill bill, a favored initiative of the governor and his wife, Ann.

The House last year passed a measure setting minimum standards for people who keep at least 10 female dogs primarily to breed and sell offspring as pets. The bill passed the House overwhelmingly last May but has been stuck in a Senate committee ever since.

“That’s an example,” McCrory said. “Even the puppy mill bill … The Senate ought to vote on it and let senators vote on it. But the leadership is keeping that from happening. And that’s unacceptable.”

Last week McCrory threatened to veto a Senate budget that included the higher teacher raises and cuts to teacher assistants and Medicaid.

In a statement Monday, Senate Majority Leader Phil Berger responded to the governor’s comments.

“The governor and Senate have honest but resolvable differences over the state budget – these differences do not warrant personal criticisms of one another.”

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