Monday, 02 July 2012 09:25
The News and Observer
By John Frank -
... Republicans took power after the 2010 elections promising to improve the state’s lot with a mantra of “jobs, jobs, jobs.” It was their first term at the helm in more than a century.
As their two-year session ends this week, the question of whether Republicans fulfilled their pledge remains debatable. GOP leaders cite a litany of economic accomplishments. Balanced budgets. Regulatory reform. Business tax cuts. Energy exploration.
But tell this to the hairdressers who work in a county with the state’s fourth-highest unemployment rate, and it doesn’t register. In Edgecombe County, residents wait patiently for the tobacco and cotton crops but not jobs.
“Even though they are doing stuff, we aren’t seeing it here,” said a frustrated Michele Keel, 33, another hairdresser.
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