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 a day to decide how to define the Voter ID bill and what specific ID’s will be valid in the next round of elections..
$50K a day to maybe grab some more power before the super-majorities are broken up because the voters made a very loud statement that they do not want veto-proof houses in the NC General Assembly.
Remember the last time that a special session was convened right after a major election cycle in North Carolina? That was about $50K a day to create HB17 and SB4 which handcuffed power over public schools and created other provisions that ended up in court and cost taxpayers even more money. That was all done under the guise of Hurricane Matthew relief and HB2 amending.
$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 actually did say ans did not say.
$50K is near the top of the very salary schedule the same NCGA has for a veteran teacher’s salary – a social study teacher who could in one day teach a lot of students about the misguided history of many special sessions called for by Berger and Moore..
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. Per day.
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 might be a waste of time and money.
Money that could have gone into investing into public schools.
At best, this special session should stipulate as many forms of ID to be permissible for all voting and not disenfranchise any voter – including school ID’s on college campuses and other educational institutions.
But this special session is not about what is best for the state. It’s about what is best for some politicians.