Nesbitt: 'We're going backwards'

Posted February 8, 2011
Updated February 9, 2011

Senate Minority Leader Martin Nesbitt, D-Buncombe, met with reporters today to talk about the session so far.

“Everything we’d heard leading up to this session was about jobs. We’ve been here three weeks” [two weeks, actually – LL] “and the best we can tell, we’re going backwards, not forwards.”

Nesbutt said he was expecting to have seen a major jobs bill from the Republican leadership. Instead, he said, what he’s seen are “high-profile” partisan measures. “They’re very politically charged, but none of ‘em have anything to do with jobs.”

GOP leaders argue measures like the anti-HCR mandate bill (H2) and the "Balanced Budget Act" (S13) are jobs bills, because they’ll cut the cost of doing business in the state. But Nesbitt thinks the legislature ought to push the Golden Leaf and other economic development funds to make more grants, not fewer. “If we don’t get job creation in this state and don’t get this economy fixed, we’re gonna be down here cutting budgets every year from now on. The only answer to all this is for this economy to bounce back.”

Nesbitt holds press conference

Nesbitt wouldn’t say too much about S22, the proposed Agency Rules ban working its way to the Senate floor. He said he hadn’t read it yet. But he said he’s not a big fan of the current system: “I don’t like delegating rule-making authority to the executive branch.”

“If they want to start passing all the rules over here, that’s fine with me. I would be for that.” He paused. “We’ll be here for about 12 months, because the rules are the details about how to implement the policies that we pass. But that’s fine with me.”

But Nesbitt also said the state had tried a moratorium on rule-making back in the 1990s, and it didn’t work out well for anyone involved. “If they have rules they think are hindering business, bring ‘em,” he said. “But to simply destroy the rule-making process so that we can’t have input and can’t have proper rules in this state…I don’t see how that benefits anyone.”

Nesbitt Press Conference 2-9-11, part 2


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  • sillywabbitthepatriot Feb 10, 2011

    Yes, lets push for more grants so we can give more big farmers millions so they can pay their "immigrant" workers.

  • cleroy2 Feb 10, 2011

    Hey politicians did you forget to do something about sending all the illeagal immigrants back wherever they belong? I dont mean placeing a fine on people that hire them either. I mean getting them gone from our United States. you politicians keep thinking up new distractions to disuss like driving and using cell phones instead of tackling the old problems that you never fixed. Stop shying away and fix something or the citizens are gonna vote you out of office and the really fed up ones are gonna figure a solution to put an end to your BS politically . Maybe we need a new party instead of Democrats and Republicans. Cleroy

  • mikeB Feb 9, 2011

    I love the whole idea of keeping an eye on the politicians but I love how this only became an issue when the democrats were kicked out office in a landslide. Where was WRAL prior to this year, That's right they agreed with the bad policies that the democrats pushed so you didn't need to be informed. Apparently there are only consequences to legislation when it is proposed by Republicans.

  • wildcat Feb 9, 2011

    WRAL does a great job of bringing the news. Thanks to all of you. I appreciate you when the grippers don't. :)

  • dadsgoose98 Feb 9, 2011

    It's soooooooooooooooo obvious where Wral stands. Just look at Ms. Leslie's Bio.She has always leaned Extremely left.

  • dadsgoose98 Feb 9, 2011

    If wral ever had to do an unbiased news broadcast, they would absolutely collapse.They would have NO idea how to pull it off!

  • dadsgoose98 Feb 9, 2011

    @nccapitol is a pathetic attempt to slander Republicans

  • whatusay Feb 9, 2011

    Every new tax, every new fee, every new welfare check, every new government employee hired, every illegal campaign contribution, every new crook hired into government, every new entitlement......all these actions by the democrats is what is taking us backwards. Democrats have been in power for over a hundred years and are now complaining about jobs.....and the GOP has not been in power for a month yet.

  • jcd241959 Feb 9, 2011

    Been going backwards for 145 years!

  • AlbertEinstein Feb 9, 2011

    There is always the potential for failure. Attempting to exploit perceived shortcomings based on a small sample of data provides us with the obvious lack of vision by the FORMER Senate Majority Leader.