Thursday, November 4, 2010

Election 2010: Results Wrap Up

Election 2010: Results Wrap Up
The 2010 Election is over and now we know who will lead North Carolina during the next legislative session. After a very heated and hard fought campaign season, the North Carolina Republican party ended Tuesday night with control of both the House and Senate.

Here are the breakdown of numbers as compiled by the AARP-North Carolina.

Current General Assembly make up:
Senate – 30-20 Dem majority
House – 68-52 Dem majority

2011 General Assembly make up:
Senate – 31-19 GOP majority
House – 68-52 GOP majority

What this means for people with developmental and intellectual disabilities in North Carolina?

The first thing that will happen is that all of the major committees that we work with will have new leadership. We will see significant changes to the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Service. In addition we will see a political structure where the state house will be run by Republicans while the Executive Branch will be run by Democrats.

Regardless of who leads the state house, real challenges remain. The state of North Carolina will be facing at least a $3.5 billion deficit as we begin the next legislative session. We will also be looking down line to the implementation of health care reform in our state. North Carolina continues to see significant unemployment numbers. These challenges and their solutions now fall on the shoulders of the Republican party.
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