Saturday, March 1, 2014

The Upside-Down World of John E. Skvarla III

Ash Spill Shows How Watchdog was Defanged.   (The New York Times, 2/28/2014)

John E. Skvarla III is the Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

Photo source:  NCDENR

And how has he and Governor Pat McCrory, a 28-year former Duke Energy employee, accomplished these goals?
  • Funding for water pollution programs cut by 10.2%
  • Bipartisan regulatory commission reorganized to include Republicans employees only
  • NCDENR employees exempt from civil service protections, i.e., "who now serve at the pleasure of the governor," increased from 24 to 179

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