In a series of Real Facts NC reports examining key North Carolina legislators, we look at Representative Stephen Ross, who has represented Alamance County in the North Carolina House since 2013. Ross is currently the Deputy Majority Leader of the Republican House Caucus. Ross previously served as Mayor of Burlington and on the Burlington City Council. As a Vice President and an Investment Officer for Wells Fargo, Ross has used his three terms in the House to put the interests of banks, predatory lenders, and developers above North Carolina families. Ross has voted for measures that enhance the profits of predatory consumer finance companies and trap low-income people in a cycle of debt. In his 2012 campaign, Ross called for major regulatory reform to make the state competitive; however, he has instead made North Carolina competitive for his special interest donors and those who seek to prey on the most vulnerable. Read the full profile here.
“We need comprehensive tax reform along with major regulatory reform to become competitive again.” – Stephen Ross
While North Carolina residents are facing the possibility of being sprayed with garbage juice, the NC GOP is lining their pockets with money from the waste industry, which has donated at least $34,200 to GOP legislators overseeing debate on the bill.
House Bill 576 would allow for the aerosolization of leachate, an untested and unsafe method for landfills to dispose of their waste. Picture it as “garbage juice in a snow blower.”
And who would be most impacted by this legislation? Communities of color and poor, who are more likely to live near landfills.
The waste industry is in favor of the aerosolization of leachate because it is cheaper than other methods of removing waste and they have been donating big money to legislators who could advance the bill.
The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Jimmy Dixon, has received $6,100 from the waste industry, the majority of which came from Ven Poole, the CEO of Waste Industries. Dixon is also the Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, which received House Bill 576 on referral.
Speaker Tim Moore has received $8,600 from the waste industry, including contributions from Ven Poole and the Waste Management Pac. Moore voted in favor of House Bill 576.
Sen. Trudy Wade has received $19,100 from the waste industry, including donations from Ven Poole and the inventor of aerosolization, Kelly Houston. The contribution from Houston came when Wade was the chairwoman of a Senate conference committee charged with compromising on a bill containing language about leachate. Wade is also a member of the Senate Agriculture/Environment/Natural Resources Committee, which reported favorably on the bill.
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