Welcome to the YES! Weekly Pop Quiz, in which we ask elected officials about their jobs. In light of the convening of the 2010 long session on Wednesday, this week’s questions are posed to members of the Forsyth County delegation to the General Assembly. The rules are simple: No research, no callbacks.


1. How many people are currently employed at the American Express call center located near Piedmont Triad International Airport that is slated to close?

2. How much revenue did North Carolina’s state-run liquor stores bring in for the state and for local governments last year, according to a recent statement by Gov. Beverly Perdue?

3. What is the state’s estimated budget shortfall this year?

Rep. Bill McGee (R- Forsyth)

1. I think it’s 1,900, according to what I read in the papers. [ ]

2. I’m not sure what it is. I think it’s less than a billion; it’s substantial. [X]

3. You read a lot of different numbers. It’s some where $3.4 and $4 billion.

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Rep. Earline Parmon (D-Forsyth)

1. Currently 1,900 employed. [ ]

2. I have no idea. [X]

3. About 3.6 billion. [ ]

Rep. Larry Womble (D-Forsyth)

1. Roughly about 1,900. [ ]

2. I can’t recall. [X]

3. It depends on who you talk to. Most people seem to settle around $3.7 or $3.8 billion. [ ]

Correct Answers

1. 1,900

2. $200 million; $51 million

3. $3.5 billion (approximate)