State lawmakers are back in their home districts this weekend having wrapped up the nine-month legislative session on Wednesday.
What will they remember as the highlights? What opportunities did they miss?
Orange County Rep. Graig Meyer believes lawmakers did not do enough for educators in this year’s budget. He calls the $750 one-time bonus teachers and state employees will receive “a cynical political ploy.”
Meyer also finds fault with the leadership’s decision to further cut the corporate tax rate:
“We’re giving another two percent decrease in the corporate tax rate. That means if you are an individual, you’re going to pay 2.5 % more taxes on your income than Google or any other profitable corporations is going to pay on their income,” explained Meyer.
“And I guess that most corporations in North Carolina would happily have just left that tax rate where it was, if it meant we could have brought our teacher pay up to the national average.”
Meyer also weighs in on the state’s decision to privatize Medicaid this session, but not expand the program to cover more uninsured North Carolinians.
Click below to hear an excerpt from Meyer’s recent radio interview with NC Policy Watch’s Chris Fitzsimon. A podcast of the full interview is available here.