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Forecasting today’s legislative lowlights

LegislatureAnother day on Jones Street, another day of rolling back the 20th Century. Here are just some of the regressive proposals on tap for today along with the names they ought ot be known by:

The Predatory Lending Protection and Expansion Act — The Senate will vote on this proposal to jack up interest rates and fees on consumer finance loans at a time of record low interest rates.

The Erosion of NC’s Commitment to Public Education Act — The Senate will also take up this proposal to create a separate authority to (sort of) oversee charter schools. The new conservative head of the State Board of Education called the proposal unconstitutional this morning.

The Omnibus Polluter Deregulation Act – Completing a trifecta of regression, the Senate will also consider a bill to roll back decades of negotiations, compromises, rule-making, and legislation on environmental protections.

The Kick Poor Kids and Families out of Pre-K Act – As reported here yesterday, the House is advancing a bill to dramatically reduce eligibility for the state’s award-winning pre-K program.

The Worker Rights Reduction Act – Not content to be the most aggressively anti-union, anti-workers’ rights state in the union, the House will vote on this ill-conceived bill to make it even harder for workers to join unions.  

Can’t wait till next week!

5 Comments


  1. Doug

    May 2, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    I don’t see what you mean, the keeping finance companies solvent bill, commitment to alternative education choice bill, deregulation of unneeded envirowhacko regulations bill, shrink bloated ineffective Pre-K bill, and blocking corrupt and unneeded unions from poisining NC bill all seem to be true progress for the state. Scaling back the 100+ years of unneeded laws and regulation is what is needed here to make a more freedom enjoying populace.

  2. david esmay

    May 2, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    You can’t forecast the depths of ignorance and malfeasance of NC Teapublicans, every time we think they’ve reached a new low, they lower bar. What’s below subterranean?
    Doug thinks thinks deregulation means no regulations, when neo-cons whine about regulations, it means current laws don’t favor the corrupting influence of corporations enough, and hinders their ability drain the common wealth at an accelerated pace.

  3. Frances Jenkins

    May 3, 2013 at 7:10 am

    Rob has no understanding of people in poverty, never has, never will. David is just a wantabe liberal.

    I know a person with a family similar to the person Senator Brown described yesterday. Let’s call him Rob. Rob works, has a family, moves frequently, cannot manage money, has lost his business,his trailer, his car, and nearly everything he owns many times. His friends will no longer allow him to borrow. His credit rating is awful and no bank will allow him to borrow any money. He gambles. He has never taken assistance. So as this bill applies Rob, I am not sure how far this bill has taken NC back.
    This is just points for Rob with his liberal friends.

  4. gregflynn

    May 3, 2013 at 8:55 am

    Imagine if you will a world leader with a keen intellect, vivid imagination and amazing powers of selective observation, trapped inside the body of a Senate legislative assistant doomed to pseudonymously roam the internet pretending to be a poor old uneducated woman with no resources other than a broadband internet connection, a laptop and a mason jar half full (or half empty) of moonshine.

  5. david esmay

    May 4, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    I don’t want to be a liberal, I am liberal.

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