It is largely accepted that to convene the North Carolina General Assembly for one day in 2018 during a special session costs NC taxpayers roughly $50K.
Think about it.
$50K to rewrite six amendments that were already to be written by a bipartisan panel to make sure that a certain spin was added to it.
$50K to create a bill to transfer more power away from a duly elected governor to the NCGA over judicial seats that are designed to keep the NCGA in check when it passes unconstitutional laws.
$50K is near the top of the very salary schedule the same NCGA has for a veteran teacher’s salary – an English teacher who could in one day could teach a lot of students how to interpret what the text on a ballot for a constitutional amendment says and does not say.
$50K is near the top of the very salary schedule the same NCGA has for a veteran teacher’s salary – a civics teacher who could in one day could teach a lot of students how what the NCGA is doing to seize more power from the executive branch by taking over the judicial branch is really not lawful.
But in that $50K’s worth of unnecessary meetings and votes is a massive amount of time. Think about 170 members (House and Senate) who come together for approximately ten hours. That’s 170 multiplied by 10. 1700 hours.
An average student in a traditional public high school spends about six hours a day in instructional time. The average year for a student is 180 days; therefore, a student’s yearly time spent in class is supposed to be around 1,080 hours.
And it would only take one class for one student (maybe 60 minutes at most) to understand that what the NCGA is doing in this special session is a waste of time and money.
Money that could have gone into investing into public schools.
And time that could have gone into drawing up an amendment for a statewide school bond.