The 2015 NCGA session opening day, with all of its pomp and flourish that no one except the legislators themselves care about, has come and gone.
The legislators feel obligated to posture for the cameras, and the media feels obligated to report what is upcoming for this year's session.
So the Democrats dredge up something about ethics reform, hoping maybe they can get the Republicans to buy into something -- anything -- they might propose (they picked the wrong thing. The GOP already has shut down the ethics reform train).
Bergermoore offers circumspect comments that are nothing but hot air, promising vaguely to work on jobs and education, two happy buzzwords that the media lap up.
Bergermoore offered the vague pablum because they were awaiting their orders for the real 2015 legislative agenda, which has now been served up by Art Pope and the Koch brothers, via Americans for Pisspoority:
One day after the state legislature returned, the conservative group Americans For Prosperity released its agenda for this year’s General Assembly.
AFP’s North Carolina leaders on Thursday released 11 bullet points outlining their priorities, most of which involve cutting taxes and reducing regulations on business.
So this year's AFP agenda is last year's AFP agenda; no surprise there. Specifically, AFP wants to continue to increase the wealth inequality gap by making Art Pope and the Koch brothers richer while making poor people even poorer:
• Defeating any efforts to expand Medicaid in North Carolina (Senate leader Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore are already on board)
• Repealing or reforming the state’s capital gains tax while passing a “taxpayer bill of rights”
• Repealing the Renewable Energy Portfolio Standards law, which requires all North Carolina utilities to use renewable energy sources for a set percentage of their sales
• Expanding private school vouchers and making it easier to start more charter schools
And we know all too well that what AFP wants, AFP gets.
A look back at AFP’s agenda from last year shows a few victories: The group wanted to kill film production incentives and municipal privilege license taxes.
Because AFP is one of the Pope/Koch tentacles, and Art & the Bros run the state.