By JONATHAN COX
Sen. Jeff Tarte (R-Cornelius) said his goals in the state legislature are simple: “There’s an endless amount of stupid in state government,” he said, and he wants to try to remove – or at least reduce – it.
Tarte spoke Friday morning at the monthly Focus Friday issues session at the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce offices in Cornelius, where he was joined by Rep. Charles Jeter (R-Huntersville). The two discussed the bills that they will vote on in Raleigh later this term, early drafts of which were all filed earlier this month.
These bills range from changes to the Medicaid system, to bills to combat distracted driving, to bills aimed at providing tax incentives to renewable energy providers. The legislature has its work cut out for it: 207 bills were filed in the Senate on March 26 alone. The process of “making sausage” – as Jeter described passing laws – can be messy, difficult, and disappointing, even in a state with a Republican supermajority and control of the governor’s mansion. Read the full story