Talking one way and acting another:
"When I think about regulatory reform I think about the way the state regulates K-12 education, the way it regulates the counties, the way it regulates the towns, the way it regulates the community colleges, the way it regulates the university system-all are things we need to rethink and decide whether or not we're doing them as efficiently and effectively as possible.
As far as placing a regulatory burden on towns and counties, here's a doozie from the party of "less regulation":
(a) A city or joint agency subject to the provisions of G.S. 160A‑340.1 shall not enter into a contract under G.S. 160A‑19 or G.S. 160A‑20 to purchase or to finance the purchase of property for use in a communications network or to finance the construction of fixtures or improvements for use in a communications network unless it complies with subsection (b) of this section. The provisions of this section shall not apply to the repair, rebuilding, replacement, or improvement of an existing communications network, or equipment relating thereto.
But if it does meet all the unnecessary burdens placed on it by the Legislature, said city then has to pay the state taxes:
A city‑owned communications service provider shall pay to the State, on an annual basis, an amount in lieu of taxes that would otherwise be due the State if the communications service was provided by a private communications service provider, including State income, franchise, vehicle, motor fuel, and other similar taxes.
And as to that regulating K-12 education issue, how about forcing public schools to allow homeschoolers to play on their sports teams:
AN ACT to permit home schooled students to participate in interscholastic athletics.
Power to Adopt Eligibility Rules for Interscholastic Athletic Competition. – The State Board of Education may adopt rules governing interscholastic athletic activities conducted by local boards of education, including eligibility for student participation. Students attending home schools shall be permitted to participate in interscholastic athletic activities in accordance with the requirements of G.S. 115C‑565.1. The State Board of Education may authorize a designated organization to apply and enforce the Board's rules governing participation in interscholastic athletic activities at the high school level."
As far as how Republicans will regulate the University System, aside from defunding it to the point of near-collapse, we'll have to wait and see what kind of shenanigans Art Pope has planned. It's a good bet we'll be seeing more Western Civilization studies, even if he can't get an entire sub-college plopped into the middle of Chapel Hill.
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