Cheers to state House Speaker Thom Tillis and Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger for agreeing on a budget that finally includes compensation for the living victims of the state’s forced sterilization program. Once the members of their chambers approve this budget, it heads to Gov. Pat McCrory, a compensation supporter, for his signature.
North Carolina, on the verge of becoming the first state in the country to compensate sterilization victims, is about to make history. Sunday night, Tillis and Berger said a in a joint press release that they’d included compensation in the state budget. The amount included is $10 million. Sterilization victims that the Journal editorial board has often profiled on this page told us that they finally felt vindicated in their battle.
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