by YES! Staff

Welcome to the YES! Weekly Pop Quiz, where we ask politicians and public servants about their jobs. This week, we address questions to the Forsyth County and Guilford County delegations of the NC General Assembly. The rules are simple: no research, no callbacks.


1. What’s the estimated amount of revenue that would be generated for fiscal year 2009-2010 by the one-dollar increase in the cigarette tax, as proposed by Gov. Beverly Perdue?

2. How many state jobs has Gov. Perdue proposed cutting?

3. Gov. Perdue’s proposed budget would cut two early-education programs respectively championed by former governors Jim Hunt and Mike Easley. Name the initiatives.

Sen. Katie Dorsett (D-Guilford)

1. I frankly don’t know. I haven’t calculated that. I would doubt very seriously whether we do one dollar. [X]

2. To be very honest I don’t know how many. I’ve been concerned about general government. It’s probably a thousand or so, but I don’t know. [X]

3. Smart Start and More at Four. Is she cutting as much a consolidating? [ ]

Rep. Larry Brown (R-Forsyth)

1. I don’t know but it’s not going to pass. [X]

2. Well, she hasn’t really proposed to cut any. [X]

3. I don’t think she’s going to do it. She’s talking about Smart Start and More at Four [ ]

Rep. Dale Folwell (R-Forsyth)

1. $389 million [ -]

2. I don’t know. [X]

3. More at Four and Smart Start. And there’s a bill to combine them. [ ]


1. $350 million 2. 1,400 3. Gov. Mike Easley’s More at Four and Gov. Jim Hunt’s Smart Start

Shame: The following lawmakers did not return phone calls: Sen. Peter Brunstetter (R-Forsyth), Sen. Linda Garrou (D-Forsyth), Rep. Bill McGee (R-Forsyth), Rep. Earline Parmon (D-Forsyth), Rep. Larry Womble (D-Forsyth), Rep. Alma Adams (D-Guilford), Rep. John Blust (R-Guilford), Rep. Earl Jones (D-Guilford) and Rep. Laura Wiley (R-Guilford)