The Senate budget should be out next week. That’s the word from Senate Pro Tem Phil Berger. He joins Mark right out of the gate. They discuss some of the details of the budget before moving on to the proposal for teacher pay increases. Senator Berger says, “Even though over the past five years, we’ve instituted some reforms, it would take 33 years to get to the top of your profession. Now it takes 24 and with the passage of the Senate’s proposal it will take just 15 years.” He says that will move North Carolina to 24th in the nation in terms of teacher pay. Senator Berger says he’s optimistic that some compromise will be reached between the Governor’s, the House and the Senate’s proposals when it comes to teacher pay. Mark asks about the coal ash issue. Senator Berger says there are a lot of differences in opinion on this issue. He says lawmakers want to make sure the coal ash basins are dealt with so the people of North Carolina do not have any safety concerns moving forward that is also cost effective. If you want to know what is happening in the state, there’s no one better to talk to than the leader of the Senate. You’ll want to listen to this segment twice.
Next, WeatherBELL.com Chief Meteorologist Joe Bastardi gives Mark his forecast for the potential of a system off our coast to turn deadly. Joe says people east of I-95 will see some rain starting Saturday night/early Sunday, and even around the Triangle to about the Triad there will be some rain, but the holiday weekend will not be a washout. Mark asks Joe about the upcoming hurricane season. He says it’s going to be active. He says we’re entering another cycle similar to that in the 50’s and 60’s which brought storms like Hurricane Hazel. Joe explains the difference between El Nino and El Nina. Joe even gets into why he doesn’t believe climate change is an accurate way to forecast weather. It’s a deep and informative discussion.
In the second hour, Time Warner Cable News Capital Tonight Anchor Tim Boyum joins Mark. They agree that the Senate will get their version of the budget out next week, but what happens after that is anyone’s guess. Tim thinks besides negotiations over pay increases for teachers and state employees as well as time frames for tax reform, the rest should go fairly quickly. Mark asks Tim’s thoughts on the reforming of the Coal Ash Commission. Tim says he’s still scratching his head over that one. Mark asks Tim if the interview he did with two of the plaintiff’s in the HB2 case was one of the more interesting he’s done in his career. Tim says he decided they’d talked to many lawmakers about the issue and they should talk to those on the other side. And then there’s light rail. You’ll have to listen to see what Tim says because it’s always a blast when he’s on with Mark.
Then, former Managing Director of the Bastiat Society, Eric Rowell, joins Mark. He explains what the Society is all about and their focus on economics, free trade and individual freedom and rights. He says you can get a good idea about what the society is all about by reading some of the writings of Bastiat, one of which is “The Law.”
Finally, Daily Signal Editor-in-Chief Rob Bluey joins Mark. He recaps last week’s meeting with Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg over whether the highly popular social media website has a liberal bias. Rob says there were discussion over Facebook’s workforce and the algorithm they use which chooses sources from which the newsfeed obtains its news. He says Zuckerberg seemed to be taking the problem seriously.
We’re off Monday, but NCSU Political Science Professor Dr. Andrew Taylor, AFP State Director Donald Bryson, and Conservative Review Senior Editor Daniel Horowitz join us Tuesday.
Have a great holiday weekend everyone!