Received via email ... something I wish I had written.
News reports in and around North Carolina government, politics and the General Assembly seem to raise more questions than answers. Here are some questions. Perhaps the search for the answers or the answers themselves, might be enlightening. In no particular order:
- Duke Energy CEO Jim Rogers said Thursday: “I support the renewable energy portfolio standard.” Ivan Urlaub, head of the N.C. Sustainable Energy Association, supports it. The Sierra Club supports it. These folks often represent polar opposites on energy issues. If they agree on this, who is providing the juice behind efforts to repeal it?
- The state’s Medicaid shortfall will be $248 million -- $135 million more than initially estimated -- because of a “forecasting error” dating from Gov. Bev Perdue’s administration? Specifically what was the error? Might it have been that someone forgot to adjust the formula when Gov. McCrory decided to reject participation in Obamacare – and lost the federal funding that was in the initial formula?
- Is it appropriate for politicians who received campaign money from a sweepstakes operator facing criminal charges, to then make donations – in similar amounts to those donations – to charities as a way to distance themselves from the contributor? Aren’t these politicians still accepting the questionable donations? Is it appropriate for charities to accept funds that come from a tainted source? Why not just send the money back to the donor?
- Why would it be necessary to require drug testing to receive some state benefits, such as income assistance, when no drug testing is required for other benefits, such as a concealed to carry handgun permit?
- If state leaders believe they can come up with $49 million to put surveillance cameras on 14,000 buses that take kids to and from public schools each day, why can’t it come up with funds to keep teaching assistants in classrooms?
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