by Rick Henderson
Editor-in-Chief, Carolina Journal
Rep. Jean Farmer-Butterfield, D-Wilson, gave an impassioned speech on the House floor against House Bill 4, the unemployment insurance reform measure Carolina Journal most recently reported on here. While Farmer-Butterfield supported the bill initially, she voted against it on final passage, and explained why using terms that may have been just a bit hyperbolic.
While admitting the state needed to retire its debt to the federal government Farmer-Butterfield said passage of the bill would harm the economic recovery and “promote more people being in jails, and prison, … increase homelessness and domestic violence, alcohol and substance abuse, the need for more counseling, and cause more suicides and mass killings.”
Other than that, she expressed no strong opinions.
Listen to her remarks here.