Researcher and reader who wishes to remain unnamed, writes that even the Liberal NC Policy Watch quotes Republican Leader Paul Stam (R-Wake):
"House Minority Leader Paul Stam says the new plan is worse because it spends more money. Some progressive Democrats are upset because it marks a new direction for business incentives, spending tens of millions of public dollars on jobs that already exist. Current incentive programs are designed to attract new jobs to the state.
Stam and a courageous few Democrats are right and those aren’t the only problems and contradictions with the legislation and the special sessions that are considering it. "
The state House goes into session today at 10:00 a.m. while the Senate convenes at 11.
If you cannot be there in person, you may stream the audio over your computer. Choose from either the House or Senate by going to the home page of the NC Legislature and clicking on the appropriate stream at the top of the page.
An interesting note: When the legislature takes breaks, the microphones are often left open and listeners can still hear things being said on the floor. Listen carefully. It's YOUR government at work!
Veto showdown averted as corporate welfare expands by Chris Fitzsimon (NC Policy Watch, a project of the NC Justice Center)