The legislature has gone home, but the state Republican Party wants to make sure people remember to stay mad.
Republican Party chairman Tom Fetzer has hit the road on a "statewide budget tour."
"For too long now, liberal Democrats in the State Legislature have not been held accountable for their mismanagement of the public trust," Fetzer said in a statement.
Democrats have dominated the legislature for much of the last 100 years. But next year, when all 170 seats in the legislature are up for election, Republicans are thinking they really have an issue: the state budget.
"To raise taxes $990 million dollars during a recession is unthinkable; but to claim it was done to save education is unconscionable," Fetzer said.
The tour will swing into districts the GOP thinks it can win.
On Monday, Fetzer and GOP leaders Rep. Paul Stam of Apex and Sen. Phil Berger of Eden, went to Burlington to put some heat on Sen. Tony Foriest, who helped write the education budget. Tuesday stops included Lexington and Salisbury.