Out of the mouths of babes:
Gov. Pat McCrory took questions at a Raleigh private school for an hour Monday and ended the session with his own: “How do you pay for it?”
The remark came in reference to the recent Duke Energy coal ash spill into the Dan River. The Republican said his priority is cleaning up the spill and then finding a long-term solution for the 30-plus coal ash ponds in North Carolina.
But, he said, cost is “the big issue.” Duke Energy’s CEO Lynn Good said Friday Duke would hike customers’ rates to pay for the cleanup.
In an interview after the discussion, McCrory declined to comment directly on Duke’s proposal, saying the state’s utilities commission will play a role in Duke’s request and that he doesn’t want to impact the discussion. “We ought to let the utilities commission do their work in making those very complex decisions,” he said. ...
The governor also fielded a poignant question from a student on why the state ranked No. 46 in the nation in teacher pay. McCrory reiterated his plan to increase base pay. The next goal, he said, is to increase pay for all teachers based on performance.
Speaking after the forum to reporters, McCrory said the teacher tenure law needs to be changed. Drafted by Republican lawmakers, the law offers pay raises to top teachers in return for them relinquishing tenure rights.
- I think there are two big issues instead of just one: the benefits and costs of environmental regulation. The net benefits of regulation should be maximized. The current state government seems to view cost minimization as the goal.
- And it is a little weird when even the private school kids think that public school teachers are underpaid.