Legislative Accomplishments During This Year’s Long Session

Senate Republicans fulfilled our promises to further reduce taxes on middle-class families and job-creators, provide a fourth consecutive teacher pay raise, appropriate nearly $700 million more for public education, and rebuild communities devastated by Hurricane Matthew – all while saving for a rainy day, Our ongoing commitment to spending discipline and tax relief has resulted […]

Study: North Carolina is best state for starting a business

Study: North Carolina is best state for starting a business Danielle Chemtob News Intern, Triangle Business Journal Entrepreneurs and business owners need look no further than the Tar Heel state to set up shop — North Carolina came out on top in a new study of the best states to start a business. The study, […]

N.C. Ranks in Top Five States for Budget Solvency

North Carolina is among the top five states in the nation for budget solvency – or having sufficient revenues to pay for its spending – according to a new report released Tuesday by a well-respected academic research center at George Mason University. The state also moved up six places since last year to rank 15th […]

Giving Voters the Opportunity to Protect the Right to Hunt and Fish

Hunting and fishing are integral parts of North Carolina’s heritage, economy and conservation efforts. According to the most recent data available, North Carolina sportsmen and women spent $2.3 billion on hunting and fishing in our state in 2011, generating $249 million in revenue and supporting more than 35,000 local jobs. The state issued 1.87 million hunting […]

Rejecting Gov. Cooper’s Unconstitutional Call for a Special Session

Gov. Roy Cooper attempted to violate Article III, Section 5 of the North Carolina Constitution, which allows him to call for an extra session “on extraordinary occasions, by and with the advice of the Council of State.” Gov. Cooper’s stated purpose for the session was redistricting. But the governor has no constitutional role in redistricting, […]

Senate Passes Bill to Close Unfair Loophole, Protect Workers

The North Carolina Senate tentatively passed bipartisan legislation to help prevent the unfair misclassification of newspaper delivery workers and salespeople as independent contractors. The bill levels the playing field by deleting a special carve-out in the Workers’ Compensation Act that prevents these workers from being classified as “employees” of their publications entitled to benefits such […]

Fayetteville Tech Horticulture Center named in honor of Sen. Wesley Meredith

On Monday, I was honored by Fayetteville Tech Community College, as it rededicated its Horticulture Educational Center in my name. As a former graduate of FTCC, this award has left me in awe. Never in my wildest dreams did I ever imagine that I would receive such an incredible honor. I am truly humbled to have been chosen for this distinction. Fayetteville […]

Passing a Budget that Includes $1 Billion Middle Class Tax Cut, Teacher Raises and Hurricane Matthew Relief

The Senate passed a $22.9 billion budget that focuses on improving outcomes in public education, providing generous tax cuts for the middle-class and job-creators, and saving for the future – priorities that have resulted in consecutive years of revenue surpluses, including a $580 million surplus this year. Highlights of the Senate budget include: • It increases […]

Creating Penalties for Local Governments and Public Universities that Willingly Violate Immigration Laws

The Senate passed legislation that would create penalties for local governments, law enforcement agencies and public universities that act as ‘sanctuary cities’ and ‘sanctuary universities’ by defying federal and state laws against illegal immigration.The legislation requires: – The state attorney general to accept, maintain records of and investigate (with help, if he chooses, from the […]

Fayetteville Tech Ranked 4th in the Nation by Center for Digital Education

Fayetteville Technical Community College (FTCC) announced that according to the Center for Digital Education (CDE), FTCC ranks 4th in the nation in the Large College Category (+10,000 students) in their 12th annual Digital Community Colleges Survey recognizing how community colleges use digital technologies to improve services to students, faculty, staff, and the community at large. […]

Cutting Taxes for the Middle Class and Job-Creating Businesses

This week the Senate passed a roughly $1 billion tax cut proposal that would provide relief to the overwhelming majority of North Carolinians – with the most dramatic reductions going to middle class and working families and job-creating small businesses. The Billion Dollar Middle Class Tax Cut Act would continue Republican-led efforts to reform, simplify […]