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#ncga: Solar goons + Lumbee Indians + cronyism (The sequel?)

Last session’s SB554 had all of the elements of pure political sketchiness: subsidies for solar energy, legislation tailored to meet the needs of very specific business interests, and key legislator palms / campaign funds being greased by those same very specific business interests. (And let’s…

Posted in campaign 2016 Media NC legislature NCGOP Politics

Monkey Business Report: SB554 + Indians + solar subsidies

Granted, SB554 has the stink of plain ol’ political corruption.  But evidence is mounting that suggests this may be yet more hijinks from the solar goons. The developer pushing hard for SB554 has a track record of promoting, designing and building “green” facilities powered by…

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#ncga: Still shaking the Lumbee money tree

There were all kinds of private meetings in the office of speaker Tim Moore.  All kinds of cash has moved between Pembroke and legislator pockets.  SB554, allowing private developers to build and lease school facilities — while being paid rent with instructional funds — appeared…

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#ncga: The best government money can buy

It looks like SB554 — a provision to allow local school systems to lease facilities from private developers — is on its way to reality.  Normally, we’re big fans of privatization around here.  But this deal — with nearly a quarter million dollars disbursed to…

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#ncga: BIG MONEY being shelled out over SB554

A group called Robeson for Advancement has been identified in driveby media reports as a leading force in the lobbying effort to get SB554 —   authorizing a build/lease program for public school facilities — passed on Jones Street.  Aaron Thomas, president of Metcon construction…

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#ncga: SB554, a recipe for cronyism, budget-busting AND a boon for solar goons?

On the face of it, SB554 sounds like a nice, innovative idea — leasing school buildngs under creative financing schemes to cash-strapped county systems around the state. But outgoing treasurer Janet Cowell is not sold just yet — and she may have a point:  Construction…