Welcome to the YES! Weekly Pop Quiz, in which we ask elected officials about their jobs. This week, we address questions to members of the NC General Assembly from the Forsyth and Guilford county delegations about Gov. Beverly Perdue’s proposed budget. The rules are simple; no research, no callbacks.
1. What is the overall amount of spending reductions in the governor’s budget proposal?
2. A proposed $15 million allocation for the “Back to Work” Incentive Fund provides direct rebates to small businesses as a reward for doing what?
3. Name at least one area the governor proposes to cut in order to close the budget shortfall.
Rep. Larry Brown (R-Forsyth, Davidson)
1. … She’s made an effort to what she thinks reduces the expenditures about 5 percent…. I’m not sure because you hear different numbers. [X]
2. They’re talking about giving them a little tax credit for taking them off the unemployment roll, but $15 million is not going to go very far. [ ]
3. She wants to take people off Medicaid [who have committed] fraud and save a lot of money. I agree we ought to take people off Medicaid that are committing fraud. [ ]
Rep. Dale Folwell (R-Forsyth) 1. I would say it’s around 5 percent. I want to say $700 million, but there’s some shifting going on between one fiscal year and another. There’s some news hitting today that the Senate Democrats are putting out. [X] 2. Retraining and hiring. [ -] 3. Boards and commissions. [ ]
Rep. Earline Parmon (D- Forsyth) 1. Oh my goodness. Hmmm I’m going to say 1.4 million. [X] 2. For creating jobs and retention of jobs. [ -] 3. I’m going to say corrections. [X]
1. Declaration of Historic Preservation Month; five zoning petition requests and zoning ordinance amendments; awarding of a contract for Corpening Plaza project; and a request for reduction in certificates for limousine services.
2. Hiring long-term unemployed workers. Medicaid, public education administration and assistant principals, personnel in the Department o Public
3. Instruction, University of North Carolina general administration and campuses, and boards and commissions.