State textbook funding was at $111.2 million in the 2009-10 fiscal year.
In the 2010-11 fiscal year, textbook funding was cut to $2.5 million. The cut was adopted in 2010 back when Democrats were in charge of the General Assembly.
In the 2011-12 fiscal year, the first year that Republicans were in charge, funding for textbooks went up to $23.4 million. In the following two fiscal years, it was $22.8 million and $23.2 million.
Too bad Kay. Republicans actually increased funding for textbooks after Bev Perdue and the Democrats took an axe to it.
From FY09-10 to FY10-11, Democrats in the State Legislature hacked textbook funding by 97.7%.
When Republicans took over, textbook funding was increased by 836%, and funding has remained at relatively the same level while increasing the state’s commitment to digital learning initiatives.
You see, it wasn’t Tillis’ “taxcuts for millionaires and billionaires” that led to such a drastic decrease in textbook funding, it was the massive budget shortfall created by Kay Hagan, Bev Perdue, and the Democrats during their reign of terror over the North Carolina budget.