I was able to realize one of my dreams last Thursday. Thanks to my co-worker, Kara Holllingsworth, I had the privilege to meet and talk with President Barack Obama in Mooresville, NC. I traveled three hours accompanied by my son to a small elementary school in a rural town just north of Charlotte. The predominantly Republican audience, despite their politics, was thrilled to be in the same room as the President.
This is not a decision I made lightly but in the end it's one I made without hesitation. Before getting to the essence of why, I had to attend to some practical matters. Did I have the support of my family? - yes. Would it affect my job? - no. Could I post bail? - yes.
It's easier for me to do this than most people. I'm almost 60 years old, nearing the end of my career. I won't lose my job. This is not a brave thing for me to do - just a necessary thing.
And I'm not talking about the last 15 years. I'm referring to the next 15 years and I want you to imagine what this state might look like in 2028. Our state representatives in the NC General Assembly make decisions that affect our lives every day. They have a responsibility to make decisions that help citizens by protecting the environment, supporting public education, ensuring access to quality and affordable healthcare, and protecting a woman's right to make her own reproductive health decisions. But that is not what's going on in Raleigh.
“During our audit, the commission started working with Employment Security and the Rate Bureau to obtain the necessary data; however, employees of noncompliant businesses will remain at risk until data improvements are achieved,” Wood says.
Sen. Earline Parmon, D-Forsyth, said she opposes the bill because “it is impossible to support a low- to middle-class family’s basic needs at those reduced benefit amounts.”
“I want to believe they (bill supporters) are taking this step because they truly believe they are doing the right thing, but it’s hard to envision this being the right thing for families and the small businesses that depend on spending from those families.”
“One of the responsibilities I have as state treasurer is to identify these types of refinancing opportunities. The current market allowed us to take advantage of low financing costs to save money for North Carolina taxpayers,” says Cowell.