Senate leaders would rather not hear from you

The WRAL story about the Senate Finance Committee approving another round of tax cuts includes an exchange which summarizes this legislative session so far and the disdain the folks running the General Assembly seem to have for the people they represent.

The committee was considering legislation that among other things would cost cities and towns millions of dollars in revenue by ending the local business privilege license tax.  Even some Republicans thought that might be worth some input from folks outside the committee.

“Are we going to have any public comment that’s going to be made before the vote, sir?” asked Sen. Tommy Tucker, R-Union. Rucho replied, “We hadn’t opened it up to that so, at this point, no.”

No reason to hear from anybody else. Senate leaders know what’s best for all of us.


  1. Denise Barnes

    May 28, 2014 at 9:17 am

    Well, wonder what our legislators in the senate would think if their constituents decided to stop paying taxes (that provides their salaries) and/or didn’t vote??
    They need to perform a “reality check” and remember who put them in those positions! Two can play that game!

  2. Beej

    May 28, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    A couple of thoughts. 1) I’m surprised that the question was brought up by one of the majority Republicans. 2) Didn’t many of these folks run on a campaign slogan that local control was better, that “Raleigh” needed to get out of everyone’s business?

  3. Brandon S

    May 28, 2014 at 5:29 pm

    This is just another example on how our government mishandles things. A Democracy is a government ran by the people, and this so called senate thinks they don’t need to inform the rightful citizens of North Carolina of their potential decisions? This is sickening and can have even worse effects. As part of the citizens of North Carolina we need to excercise our rights! A right not excercised is a right that is lost. Now last time I checked the definition of democracy is “goverment by the people”, whether the “senate” likes it or not this is our decision as the people of North Carolina NOT THEIRS!!!!!

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