In case you missed it, the lead editorial in Sunday’s News & Observer touts the new N.C. Policy Watch special report, “Altered State: How 5 years of conservative rule have redefined North Carolina.” To quote:
“The close of 2015 brings North Carolina to a significant anniversary: It has been five years since the Republicans took full control of the General Assembly for the first time in more than a century.
The new majority stormed in with an agenda developed during long years in the minority, and the opportunity to make that agenda law was enhanced by the 2012 election of Republican Gov. Pat McCrory. Assessing how the consolidation of Republican power has shaped North Carolina depends on how one sees the role of government.
McCrory talks about a ‘Carolina Comeback’ as the state economy has recovered from a deep and scarring recession. He and GOP legislative leaders say the recovery has been spurred by limiting state spending, cutting taxes and reducing regulation. But those who think government should solve problems, protect the vulnerable, assist the needy and expand opportunity for all see the years of conservative rule as a ‘Carolina Setback.’
That latter perspective is documented in a report published by N.C. Policy Watch, a division of the progressive advocacy group, N.C. Justice Center. The report, published in print and online, is called ‘Altered State: How 5 years of conservative rule have redefined North Carolina.’”
If you haven’t yet checked out the report, we sure hope you will make it a part of your end-of year reading list. Click here to check it out.