NC General Assembly Underway

By: Christine Kennedy
By: Christine Kennedy

The North Carolina General Assembly got underway Wednesday and lawmakers say this will be one of the toughest years they can remember.

Lawmakers were sworn in just after noon time in Raleigh. No bills were on the table but this year the estimated budget shortfall is expected to be around 2 billion dollars.

Lawmakers say they plan to take a look at every program to see what is working and what is not.

Some of the major issues besides the budget expected to be addressed is a possible increase in the cigarette and alcohol tax. And education funding and the probation system.

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  • by Vern Location: James City on Jan 29, 2009 at 05:39 PM
    Every little town has crooked politicians. Every big town has crooked politicians. Every city has crooked politicians. How did we end up with them all here in North Carolina?
  • by ben Location: havelock on Jan 29, 2009 at 05:01 PM
    That was good TED, many laughs...
  • by Ted Location: Greenville on Jan 29, 2009 at 03:47 AM
    Anyone else think it was ironic that our new General Assembly met yesterday and we also experienced extremely high winds?
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Jan 28, 2009 at 07:29 PM
    What the heck do they know about tough, its not their money they are spending.
  • by Ben Location: Havelock on Jan 28, 2009 at 07:12 PM
    To: Sunshine Location: Columbia NC.. I'm with you all the way Sunshine. These people are paid 4 times more than they are worth, plus, all their expenses are paid. They are not like you and I. They have no cooth. They are "High and Mighty." I am sure that you or I could do a much better job than they do, unfortunately, we will probably never get the chance....
  • by Sunshine Location: Columbia NC on Jan 28, 2009 at 06:46 PM
    I think the General Assembly and other leaders should start at the top and reduce salaries for all of the high paying jobs they have. I know it is a hard job but the general public doesn't get paid nearly as much as they do. Someone has to pay this money back if approved and guess who it will be? The middle class and their children because it will take years to pay back. Thanks for listening.

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