Senate Democratic leader Martin Nesbitt says the $800 million dollars Senate Republicans propose cutting in public education is too deep and unnecessary. At a press availability he went as far as to say Republicans aren’t making those cuts because they have to but because they want to. Nesbitt said, “they (Republicans) are opposed to public education.”
The Co-chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee on Education and Higher Education became angry when heard about Nesbitt’s comment. Republican Senator Jerry Tillman said, “that’s the most ridiculous statement I have ever heard here”, he added”there is no place for that here.”
Tillman said, “he (Nesbitt) put us in this hole and we’re going to get out it.”
Nesbitt said budget writers could use a tax increase to ease some of the cuts. He said they could also put less money in reserves. Republican leaders continue to vow they would not use tax increases and would cut spending.