Carole Ellis: Progressive state?

May 8, 2013 

Progressive state?

It is outrageous that interest groups can have so much influence over the repeal of legislation that is already on the books and working well for the residents of North Carolina (“Hager digs in to keep bill alive,” May 1 news story). I am referring to the 6-year-old renewable energy program that is creating jobs in North Carolina and pushing us into the use of renewables, which is definitely in our future.

A legislature, in theory, is supposed to represent the people, and there are many people in the state who see the benefits of the present program, which the Republican legislators and their supporters such as Americans for Prosperity and the American Conservative Union seem to overlook. These people are not thinking out of the box for the good of North Carolinians – they are doing what they can to remove our nickname of a “progressive state.”

With this attitude, we will get nowhere fast!

Carole Ellis

Wilmington

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