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Late last week — in response to public sector layoffs driving our unemployment rate near 10 percent — NC GOP Chairman Robin Hayes said he hoped more layoffs were coming for state workers.

This is bad economics, based on ideology rather than reality. The last thing unemployed private sector workers need is unemployed public sector workers to compete with, and the last thing North Carolina businesses need is fewer customers with money to spend.

The NC Budget & Tax Center has issued a statement explaining why joblessness in the public sector is awful for the private sector, too.

Let’s not let this nonsensical canard (that laying people off somehow helps create jobs) get lost in the shuffle and go unchallenged.

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With families still struggling, you’d think lawmakers would recognize the folly in helping shady dealers take advantage of homeowners, home buyers and renters. But House Bill 654 would do just that, rolling back simple and effective protections designed to stop foreclosure “rescue” scams, among other unscrupulous deals.

One frightening provision in the bill could allow scammers to create contracts so abusive, they’d be able to take your home away — even if you’ve made every payment on time. Who benefits from that?

North Carolina deserves better. Consumers deserve better. And we can do better, by defeating this bill.

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In a new op-ed piece distributed today to North Carolina papers, Brigadier General Paul Dordal, USAF (Ret.) says that raising rates on consumer loans “sends a strong negative signal to the military and military families living in North Carolina.”

The full text of Gen. Dordal’s powerful message appears below.

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Raising loan rates is bad news for military families

By Paul Dordal, Brigadier General, USAF (Ret.)

For the past few weeks, military commanders at installations in North Carolina have expressed their opposition to proposed bills introduced in the House and Senate that would allow finance companies to raise charges on their short term loans. In spite of this opposition, last week the House Banking Committee passed this legislation, which sends a strong negative signal to the military and military families living in North Carolina. Read More

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This evening about 6 p.m., Gov. Beverly Perdue vetoed a bill that would have prevented workers and students from funding their community college education. By preserving access to federal loans, this veto will preserve access to education and build a path to a brighter economic future for North Carolina.

The Justice Center has issued a statement in support of the Governor’s veto. It’s located here.

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Folks, this is time-sensitive, so please take a moment to help keep community college affordable and help North Carolina build an economy that works.

A bill has reached Gov. Perdue’s desk that would undermine access to federal student loans for North Carolina community college students. We need to be sure these vital programs keep training our workers and educating our people. To do that, we need to ask Gov. Perdue to veto the bill.

Use this Action Alert for more information, or just call Gov. Perdue’s office at (919) 733-4240.

To build a path to the middle class, people need access to community college. A veto here would help preserve that access.