Forecasting today’s legislative lowlights
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!