Rural counties in North Carolina are shrinking. Republican policy is totally useless.


The majority of Republicans at the General Assembly are overwhelmingly representative of the North Carolina region, but the North Carolina region has little to show.

In reality, it is rarely shown.Of the 100 counties in the state, 51 are predominantly rural counties Lost population In this month’s census report, even if booming urban areas increase the state’s population 9.5%..Director, Rebecca Tippet Carolina Demography “More counties lost population than expected, and the losses were greater than expected,” he said at UNC Chapel Hill.

The shift refutes the low-tax, low-spending policies that Republican legislative leaders have generously followed since taking control of the 2011 General Assembly. Or neglect policies and investments that spur rural employment growth.

Former Democratic State Parliamentarian, former Secretary of Transportation and Secretary of Commerce Norris Tolson is now Carolina Gateway Partnership, A group trying to boost the economic development of Edgecombe County, the birthplace of Torson. The county has lost since 2010 14 percent Of that population. “Population migration speaks for itself,” he said. “People are moving where they think they have a job.”

Republicans have hurt the very people who elected them. Consider what the majority did.

• Blocked the expansion of Medicaid for 7 years.It left the working poor of hundreds of thousands without medical insurance and denied the state Billions of dollars in federal aid.. The impact on local hospitals is the most serious. Since 2010, five of North Carolina’s 50 district hospitals have been closed, and the other nine are considered at risk of closure. Report From Chartis Center for Rural Health.

•slow Expenditure on public schools..Public schools Major employers in 59 counties.. Starving them for working and capital funding plagues the local economy. Urban counties have raised property taxes to compensate. Rural counties do not have a tax base to do that.

• Reduce income tax in ways that give large corporations and high-income earners maximum breaks. Reductions will primarily benefit white-collar urban workers, even if they reduce the state’s ability to invest in rural areas.

• Borrowing from the opposite country.Republican leaders Pay-as-you-go approach Regarding approval of government bond issuance. Local governments need most road and water and sewerage funding, but Congress does not support the level of borrowing needed to fund major local infrastructure projects.

• Broadband expansion is difficult. In 2011, Congress kowtowed to a telecommunications company, Blocked municipality From the operation of a unique broadband network. Ten years later, in many rural areas of North Carolina, access to the high-speed Internet, an essential tool for business, remote work, virtual education, and telemedicine, is still unavailable or of poor quality.

• Targeted undocumented immigrants. Hispanic migrants are an important part of the rural workforce in meat stuffing and agriculture, and their share of the rural population is increasing. For example, in Duplin County, Sampson County, Lee County, 20 percent of the population Hispanic and it’s probably an underestimate. Republicans have encouraged arrests and deportations rather than helping undocumented people among Hispanics gain legal status.

There is no single “silver bullet” to support local counties, but “good and honest government policy” can make a difference, Tolson said.

On the other hand, bad and ruthless government policies also have an impact.

Ten years ago, local voters believed in the Republican promise to revitalize the community. Now, feeling the impact of breaking those promises, locals are increasingly voting on their feet.

Associate Opinion Editor Ned Burnett can contact 919-829-4512 or nbarnett @