People down in the trenches of North Carolina towns and cities are beginning to notice what's afoot in Raleigh with this new radical Republican majority in charge. Unemployment has already gone up under these people -- remember that they passed the state budget two years ago, over Gov. Perdue's veto, and they're about to pass another one.
By attacking the ability of North Carolina cities and towns to thrive, they're attacking employment itself in this state, the economic engines that make everything go.
So you can't blame Blowing Rock town council member Jim Steele, a Republican, who wonders out loud, "...Why are we messing with this [snatching city assets in Raleigh, Charlotte, and Asheville and making economic survival for the cities as difficult as possible] when we've got in our state so many other things that need to get accomplished?"
Here's a pretty thorough over-view article by Jim Morrill on the entire 2013 war on North Carolina's cities.