Bad Bill of the Week

Bad Bill of the Week: Statewide Forced Busing

Bad Bill of the Week: Statewide Forced Busing

Five years ago, in response to a groundswell of parental complaints, Wake County schools finally ended its long-running policy of forced busing. Wake had long been one of a few remaining holdouts still clinging to this failed experiment that disrupted so many lives. But Rep. Susi Hamilton (D-New Hanover), would…

Bad Bill of the Week: More Corporate Welfare for Hollywood Cronies

Bad Bill of the Week: More Corporate Welfare for Hollywood Cronies

The glitz and glamour of movie and television production in North Carolina apparently is just too tempting for several North Carolina legislators to pass up. Unfortunately, they are willing to use your tax dollars to bribe more Hollywood big shots to come to the Tar Heel State. For years, NC…

Bad Bill of the Week: Restoring Early Voting Days

Bad Bill of the Week: Restoring Early Voting Days

They say “timing is everything”, but it’s hard to understand the timing behind this week’s “Bad Bill of the Week”; House Bill 239, Restore Early Voting Days. HB 239’s primary sponsors Larry Hall (D-Durham), Marvin Lucas (D-Cumberland), Garland Pierce (D-Hoke) and Pricey Harrison (D-Guilford) are joined by 32 other sponsors –…

Bad Bill of the Week: Paging George Orwell, Medicaid Expansion Edition

Bad Bill of the Week: Paging George Orwell, Medicaid Expansion Edition

 This week’s Bad Bill has a title only George Orwell would love. Senate Bill 354, sponsored by Angela Bryant (D-Nash) and Ben Clark (D-Cumberland) is titled “North Carolina Healthcare Jobs Initiative.” Don’t be fooled. This bill isn’t about creating jobs in the healthcare industry, it’s another bill proposing to expand…

Bad Bill of the Week: More Nanny State Nonsense

Bad Bill of the Week: More Nanny State Nonsense

There’s an old saying that says “you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink.” The phrase is used to emphasize the fact that simply making something easy to do does not guarantee anybody will do it. In a similar vein, if you make healthy vegetables…

Bad Bill of the Week: Pork is on the Menu

Bad Bill of the Week: Pork is on the Menu

Wikipedia defines “pork barrel” spending as “the appropriation of government spending for localized projects secured solely or primarily to bring money to a representative’s district.” Senate Bill 245, Exploration Station/Grassroots Science Funds, is sponsored by Sen. Jane W. Smith (D-Robeson) and fits perfectly into that definition. The bill would appropriate…

Bad Bill of the Week: Minimum Wage = Compulsory Unemployment

Bad Bill of the Week: Minimum Wage = Compulsory Unemployment

The laws of supply and demand can’t be suspended. Someone should tell that to the sponsors of Senate Bill 39, State Minimum Wage/Inflation Increases. Sponsored by Sens. Don Davis (D-Greene), Paul Lowe, Jr. (D-Forsyth) and Angela Bryant (D-Nash), this bill would raise the state’s minimum wage annually according to the…

Bad Bill of the Week: Corporate Welfare is a Bipartisan Problem

Bad Bill of the Week: Corporate Welfare is a Bipartisan Problem

Proving yet again that corporate welfare is a bipartisan problem, four Republican legislators last week introduced House Bill 117, NC Competes Act. The primary sponsors of the bill are Reps. Susan Martin (R-Wilson), Charles Jeter (R-Mecklenburg), Jeff Collins (R-Nash) and Bob Steinburg (R-Camden), but to be fair the bill garnered…

Bad Bill of the Week: Billion Dollar Gas Tax Hike

Bad Bill of the Week: Billion Dollar Gas Tax Hike

Significantly lower gas prices at the pump the last several months have put more money in the pockets of NC motorists. But because of the adjustable portion of the state gas tax, lower gas prices would also mean less money to state government coffers. Apparently, some state legislators can’t accept…

Bad Bill of the Week: Restore Teaching Fellows Program

Bad Bill of the Week: Restore Teaching Fellows Program

Facing a $2.5 billion budget shortfall in 2011, the new Republican legislative majority eliminated $13.5 million in annual funding to the NC Teaching Fellows program. Now several legislators – all Democrats – have introduced a bill (House Bill 21, Restore Teaching Fellows Program) that restores $3.6 million in annual funding…

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