RALEIGH – N.C. Sen. Jeff Tarte has recently voiced-off on his Facebook page to generate law-making suggestions in exchange for cash.
“Time to listen to all of you,” said Tarte on his Facebook page. “Yes, legislators actually do this from time to time. Going to make a habit of it right here, and have some fun.”
Tarte is using his social-media page as an electronic "suggestion box" for Facebook friends to submit their big ideas.
The newly appointed N.C. senator from Cornelius replied to the Herald’s Facebook message within minutes saying, “I use (Facebook) 98 percent as tool to engage constituents…(Facebook) is great way to get nearly instant feedback.”
Tarte laid out the rules on his Facebook page for idea submissions:
“If you submit a suggestion that results in me writing and turning your idea into law, I will pay you $25 from my personal savings and give you a shout out from the Senate floor. You will be "enshrined" in the NC Senate Journal for all eternity (well your name will be buried somewhere in all the meeting minutes for at least a while).”
Tarte put an emphasis on ideas that create jobs in North Carolina, “looking for innovators, creators, and thought leaders.”
If a submitted idea creates jobs, he said the contributor will receive $50.
“You will be able to say you helped create jobs and got paid for it,” Tarte said. “I need job creating ideas for our great state. Best if measurable. Remember governments do not create jobs, people do. Let's do it people.”
Tarte said this is a standing offer for now.
Tarte signed off the Facebook message by saying “if we are not fixing government and creating jobs, it is now your fault!”
Visit www.facebook.com/senatorjeff.tarte for the rules and to submit your ideas.