"I would dread the thought of returning to where we were back in those years," Putney said. "I was always surprised when the schools were not integrated, even when I was a kid. We grew up and that's just the way things were. We just accepted it, I guess."
The committee's chairman, Del. Lacey Putney of Bedford, said the uncertainty about whether Congress will act to avoid deep, automatic cuts clouds conditions the 2013 General Assembly will face and advocated more pessimistic assumptions.