Uncategorized

Coble: The worst decision of the two year session…(video)

Still trying to make sense of the 2012 General Assembly?

The Executive Director of the N.C. Center for Public Policy Research joined us in studio last week to discuss the winners and losers following the contentious, short legislative session.

Ran Coble shares his thoughts on the depth of the cuts that were made in state spending, fact-checks the claims the budget will lead to new job creation, and weighs in on the fall elections.

Coble also explains why he believes the worst decision of the two-year session may have been  the General Assembly’s override of Gov. Beverly Perdue’s veto of a bill that gives all North Carolina community colleges the ability to refuse to participate in a low-interest federal student loan program.

“And I just think that’s a travesty for the kids in community college trying to get money to pay for an education,” explains Coble.

To hear an excerpt of Coble’s radio interview with Chris Fitzsimon, click below. To download a podcast of the full interview or listen online, visit the Radio Interview section of the N.C. Policy Watch website:

3 Comments


  1. Frank Burns

    July 16, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    The last two years of the GA have been successful from my point of view. In this economic recession they have managed to hold the line, pay the bills and not raise our taxes! I would imagine the public is very satisfied as well, certainly the Advocacy Groups are not satisfied, but then again, they never are.

  2. david esmay

    July 17, 2012 at 10:26 am

    They passed the buck to municipalities and dodged responsibility to the citizens of this state, I’m sure the rightwing lobbyists and corporate advocacy groups aren’t satisfied, they weren’t able to pilfer enough tax dollars.

  3. Jeff S

    July 18, 2012 at 11:29 am

    Hold what line Frank?

    Not surprisingly, you use “special interest” as a derogatory term. Not happy? I’m not sure. There is a long list of SIG’s which have lobbied for and received favors from the GOP. Real-estate developers, corporate polluters, tax avoiders… they’re all pretty happy right? Christian SIG’s have managed to impose their will on the public time and time again.

Check Also

Advocacy groups pan Tillis’ rigorous proposal to provide undocumented youth with legal status (with video)

U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) unveiled a “merit-based” ...

Top Stories from NCPW

  • News
  • Commentary

The 2011 state legislative maps – which have been used in three separate election cycles and six sta [...]

When the N.C. Senate elected Tom Fetzer to the UNC Board of Governors in March, it was widely seen a [...]

The 12 minutes spent on the phone with Duke Energy customer service shed no light on how — or if — c [...]

Crumbling ceilings. Failing air conditioning and heating systems. Broken down school buses. Mold inf [...]

When I began exercising regularly, I had a decision to make. Was I going to keep buying inexpensive [...]

The post ‘Phuming Phil’ appeared first on NC Policy Watch. [...]

5---number of years since the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) was created by P [...]

Last week, the General Assembly announced which legislators will serve on the Joint Legislative Task [...]

Featured | Special Projects

NC Budget 2017
The maze of the NC Budget is complex. Follow the stories to follow the money.
Read more


NC Redistricting 2017
New map, new districts, new lawmakers. Here’s what you need to know about gerrymandering in NC.
Read more