Tillis has a meltdown

The NC House and Senate were expected to adjourn today.

But that was before Thom Tillis decided to throw a big wrench in the works -- and his GOP colleagues revolted!

The House rejected the [business incentives] bill earlier this month, but now the proposal is tied to an unrelated measure aimed at sparing teacher assistant jobs. Many districts have said that, despite legislative promises, the state budget will force them to cut teaching assistant positions.

Tillis linked a third bill on Friday, a measure that would give Wake County the option to hold a referendum in 2016 on a .25 percent sales tax increase.

The maneuvering uses one piece of legislation to undo provisions in the incentives bill, which otherwise would kill Wake County’s option to levy a quarter-cent sales tax to raise teacher salaries.

But the complicated web wasn’t strong enough to sway incentives opponents, even after Tillis threatened to have the House return Saturday for another vote.

It's reported that Tillis threw a tantrum and left in a huff, then bullied his colleagues: if they won't pass his bill today, he'll force them to come back tomorrow (Saturday). If they don't pass it Saturday, he'll force them to come back Monday. The implied threat is that he'll keep forcing them to come back until they approve his bill.

Most of these folks expected to adjourn today and return to their homes, many of which are hours away from Raleigh. Now they have to find a place to stay, tend to things at home and put up with Thom's threats.

“I’m very optimistic about the outcome next week,” said Tillis, a Mecklenburg County Republican.

I bet you are, Thom. Once you've broken all those bones with your arm twisting, you'll find your colleagues more agreeable, I'm sure.

You're a very bad man Thom.


And the bills that did pass

are more of Thom's scorched-earth "reform".

One was a grab-bag of nearly 60 regulatory changes to environmental, public health and other laws.

Objections came from legislators who said the bill does indeed weaken environmental protections and undermines public health.
A few Republicans said they wouldn’t vote for it because it allows community colleges to teach students how to brew beer. The schools could sell the beer students produce.

“Under-age drinking is a serious problem in this state, and we’re putting the sale of alcoholic beverages on the campuses of community colleges,” said House Majority Leader Edgar Starnes, a Hickory Republican. The House approved the bill 64-27. The Senate approved it Friday, without debate, in a 35-1 vote.
That bill also includes a provision that allows children younger than 12 who live in certain counties to use BB guns without adult supervision. The House passed the bill 77-14, and it now heads to the governor.

"I will have a priority on building relationships with the minority caucus. I want to put substance behind those campaign speeches." -- Thom Tillis, Nov. 5, 2014