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, theyre trying to replicate (the Democrats), the governor told WFAEs Mike Collins. Thats frankly the culture I wanted to change. I dont think two to three legislators ought to have that much power thats 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.
Thats 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 thats 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 governors comments.
The governor and Senate have honest but resolvable differences over the state budget these differences do not warrant personal criticisms of one another.