Gov. Bev Perdue visits Mint Hill Tuesday to give a speech about how the federal stimulus package will be spent in North Carolina. Perdue will speak at 12:40 at The Park on Fairview. She will talk about the widening project for Highway 218, the second highest rated road project on MUMPO‘s list of shovel ready projects. The road will be widened from Interstate 485 to Anson County and will relieve the traffic which bypasses Highway 74 and is a popular route for 18 wheelers and beach traffic.
State Senator Eddie Goodall, who represents the Mint Hill area in the North Carolina Senate, is offering his [singlepic=636,320,240,,right]senate seat for tickets to next week’s Duke-Carolina basketball game. Goodall put his leather senate seat, stitched with his name and the Senate seal, on Ebay is exchange for the tickets. The chair is worth about $700. Goodall knows because he bought the chair from the State when the senate offices were redecorated. A 2007 law prohibits using the senate seal for commercial purposes. Goodall said the whole thing is just an elaborate joke and he wouldn’t go near tickets if someone actually offered them to him.
“In real life, I want to keep my Senate seat,” said the retired CPA, who played a season of basketball at UNC Charlotte. But “maybe if politicians could laugh at ourselves more, people wouldn’t laugh at us as much.”
In a annual report by the John Locke Foundation, a North Carolina think tank, compensation for North Carolina teachers ranks 14th in the nation. The study also showed compensation has doubled in the last 20 years, eclipsing the rate of other state employees who saw just a 56 percent increase in pay. Hear Terry Stoops John Locke Foundation education policy analyst, talk about the report here.
Tired of going into smoke filled restaurants? The North Carolina legislature is kicking around the idea of a sweeping smoking ban that could allow municipalities to have the power to eliminate smoking from public places. Senator Eddie Goodall, who represents Mint Hill, Union County and some of Matthews, is hesitant to support ban.
“We’ve got to be so careful about chipping away from individual decisions that people can make for themselves,” said Sen. Eddie Goodall, R-Union. “You (already) clearly have a choice when you walk into a restaurant to determine whether they allow smoking or not.”