The times, they are a-changin'
Under the proposal approved by the Revenue Laws Study Committee, a group of House and Senate lawmakers, the maximum weekly benefit for someone out of work would drop from $535 to $350. Also, the state would replace its 26 weeks of benefits with a cap of 12 to 20 weeks, based on the health of North Carolina's economy.
-- "Proposed cuts to jobless benefits heading to general assembly," Laura Leslie for WRAL.com 01/08/2013
-- "McCrory: NC colleges should focus on job skills," Emery P. Dalesio for The Associated Press 01/29/2013
Republicans in both the House and Senate filed identical bills to reject the Medicaid expansion and reject any participation in setting up an insurance exchange marketplace, two aspects of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act upheld by the Supreme Court in 2012.
-- "N.C. lawmakers file bills to reject two Obamacare provisions," Jason deBruyn for Triangle Business Journal 01/30/2013
I told myself that if Republicans took control of the governorship it couldn't be as bad as the OCDP newsletters warned. I consoled myself with promises of new public transportation systems and increased use of green energy.
But the discussions that have been going around since Pat McCrory stepped up continue to break my heart. I feel tired and powerless -- how can little me impact any change? North Carolina feels less and less friendly and less and less like home.