What Matters for Wednesday, December 7, 2016

On today’s show mark brings on Mark Vitner, a securities economist with Wells Fargo, to discuss the latest national jobs report, the likelihood of the FED raising rates this month, and a year-end sense of where he sees North Carolina economically. Next up is Anna Beavon Gravely, state director of Generation Opportunity NC, to talk about their work on college campuses bringing awareness to students about Social Security, their financial literacy programs for college students and her thoughts on the election, what messages resonated with young people, college students and millennials. Closing out the show is Marty Kotis, a member of the UNC Board of Governors and developer in the Triad, who came on to talk about what it has been like for the UNC Board of Governors, and what priorities the BOG will have in 2017.

What Matters for Tuesday, December 06, 2016

It’s women’s day here on Tuesday at What Matters in North Carolina. To start off the day Mark talks with A.P. Dillion, co-founder of www.americanlens.com, to talk about Montel Williams’ post on Twitter which seemingly encouraged her to commit suicide. Montel has regularly railed against conservative policies in North Carolina, starting with HB 2. Next up Mark speaks with Stephanie Keaveney, with the John William Pope Center for Higher Education, about her latest article, “Should Universities Be Sanctuaries for Illegal Immigrants” after UNC-Chapel Hill, Duke, NC State, UNC-Asheville and others participated in a walkout when President-Elect Donald Trump was elected, protesting his announced plans to do away with DACA which provides exemption from deportation to those who enter the US illegally as children. To close out the show Mark brings on Tami Fitzgerald, executive director of the NC Values Coalition, to talk about their recent prayer walk in Charlotte, the recent attacks on “Fixer Upper” stars Chip and Joanna Gaines, judicial overreach and whether she think Trump will make good on his pledge to appoint pro-life judges. Tune in for more!

What Matters for Monday, December 5, 2016

Mark opens today’s show with a returning guest, Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC 11), to give an update on the wildfires in the western part of the state and about the hearing last week of the House Subcommittee on Government Operations and Subcommittee on Health Care, Benefits and Administrative Rules where a bill was discussed that would impact all federal spending financed by fees, fines, and penalties currently administered by federal agencies, and instead require that Congressional appropriations approve this spending. On this Mayor Monday segment Mark speaks with Mayor Dana Outlaw, of New Bern, about what makes New Bern special, a bit of the history behind New Bern and the challenges of managing things in a smaller municipality. To close out the show Mark speaks with Tessie Castillo, advocacy and communications coordinator with the NC Harm Reduction Coalition, to talk about Naloxone and the 5,000+ overdose patients the drug has saved in the state since 2013 and the widespread use of heroin as a result of the growing use of opiate pain medication. Tune in for much more.

What Matters for Friday, December 02, 2016

For today’s show Mark speaks with Dr. Michael Walden, professor of economics at NC State University, about the latest US jobs report and North Carolina’s employment rate, whether a rate increase by the Federal Reserve will be a good or bad thing for the economy, and what ideas can help bridge the urban/rural economic divide in North Carolina. Mark brings Tim Boyum, anchor of Capital Tonight on Time-Warner Cable News, on for his weekly segment to break down the news from the past week including the latest on the recount in the governor’s race and changes in state government such as new department secretaries and what to look for in an Attorney General Josh Stein. To close out the show Mark speaks with David Knight, policy advisor with the NC Wildlife Federation, about the tension between recreational and commercial fishermen closing out part three of his coverage of the recent struggle between recreational and commercial fisherman.