by Jordan Green

Welcome to the YES! Weekly Pop Quiz, where we ask elected officials about their jobs. This week, we address questions to members of the Guilford county delegation to the NC General Assembly. The rules are simple: No research, no callbacks.


1. Name one of the three senators appointed by Senate Republican Leader Phil Berger to serve as chairs of the Senate Appropriations Committee.

2. What is the projected shortfall for next year’s budget?

3. What is your greatest hope for the new year?

Sen. Don Vaughan (D- Guilford)

1. I know he appointed Sen. Apodaca as rules chairman. Sen. Brown got elected as majority leader. Berger’s pro tem. I think one of the three is Sen. Hartsell. How about Sen. Bingham? [X]

2. It depends on who you ask. $3.7 billion is the latest I’ve heard. [ ]

3. Obviously, peace on earth. North Carolina hopes? I hope it ends up being a good legislative session for Greensboro and Guilford county, [that we] continue funding for nanoscience and our educational institutions, including GTCC. [ ]

Sen.-elect Gladys Robinson (D-Guilford)

1. I don’t know. [X]

2. $3.7 billion. [ ]

3. That my family’s well and in jobs. And that everybody else gets an opportunity to have a job too. [ ]

Rep. Maggie Jeffus (D- Guilford)

1. I’m going to really kind of guess because I haven’t seen the paper today. I

2. You know, those figures vary. We got something from our staff that said $3.7 billion but it could go up to 4 and maybe even beyond. [ ]

3. My greatest hope for the new year is that people will find jobs, be able to support their families, be happy and that we all be able to find peace within our selves and our country. [ ]

Correct Answers

1. Pete Brunstetter of Winston-Salem, along with Neal Hunt and Richard Stevens, both of Raleigh

2. $3.7 billion

3. There are no wrong answers to this question. would guess that Senator Stevens would be one of those. [ ]