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Forecasting today’s legislative lowlights

Legislature [1]Another 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 [2] 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 [3]. 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 [4].

The Kick Poor Kids and Families out of Pre-K Act – As reported here yesterday [5], 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 [6].  

Can’t wait till next week!