Senate Approves Final Budget that Delivers Dramatic Teacher Pay Raise and Middle Class Tax Cut

The North Carolina Senate gave approval to a $22.34 billion final state budget that invests in public education and other core priorities, cuts taxes on the middle class and bolsters the state’s savings – all while raising average teacher pay above $50,000 for the first time in state history. The final budget responsibly controls the […]

Cape Fear River Trail Expansion

In the final budget of the 2016 session, I was able to secure $125,000  for the Fayetteville-Cumberland Parks and Recreation Department. This money, along with $161.392 in federal Transportation Alternatives Program funds, will be used to expand the Cape Fear River Trail to connect with the Cross Creek Linear Park in downtown Fayetteville. The Cape […]

Senate Passes Compromise Coal Ash Cleanup Management Plan

Following extensive collaboration with the McCrory administration, the North Carolina Senate passed a compromise plan  to manage the cleanup of the state’s coal ash ponds while ensuring residents in surrounding areas have permanent access to clean water. The new plan: • Requires Duke Energy to provide a permanent source of safe drinking water by fall […]

Lawmakers Pledge to Reintroduce Legislation to Protect N.C. Military Installations, Personnel

A bipartisan group of lawmakers have pledged to reintroduce the Military Operations Protection Act – a common-sense effort to protect the training and low-level flight routes around the state’s military installations – during next year’s long session. North Carolina has the fourth largest military population in the nation and defense jobs are the state’s second-leading industry […]

Senate Passes Bill To Help Combat Prescription Drug, Heroin Overdoses

A bill that has passed unanimously in the North Carolina Senate would help prevent overdose deaths caused by heroin and some prescription narcotics, by making a medication that can reverse the effects of opioid overdose more easily accessible at pharmacies statewide. The bill, sponsored by Sens. Louis Pate (R-Wayne), Gladys Robinson (D-Guilford) and Tommy Tucker […]

2016 Women Veterans Summit & Expo

On Wednesday, May 25th I attended the 2016 Women Veterans Summit & Expo at the McKimmon Center on the campus of North Carolina State University. The N.C. Department of Military & Veterans Affairs and the NC Veterans Business Association, working with the Department of Veterans Affairs, and numerous other partners conducted this special event designed […]

Average Teacher Pay Surges to Nearly $55,000 in Senate

North Carolina teachers will see their average pay surge to nearly $55,000 for the first time in state history under a plan recently announced by Senate Republicans. If the proposal becomes law, average teacher pay will be up almost $10,000 – more than 20 percent – since the 2013-14 school year. According to the most […]

Travel means Business for Cumberland County

In 2015, domestic travel to Cumberland County generated over $490 million in expenditures. Cumberland County’s tourism industry employs more than 4,290 people with a payroll of $89.15 million. Additionally, travel generated $35.7 million in state and local tax revenues, which represents a $108.39 tax savings to each county resident. These figures rank Cumberland County 10th out […]

North Carolina Ranks #1 Fastest Growing Economy Since 2013

Since 2013, North Carolina has the #1 fastest growing economy in the nation, according to the latest data released by the U.S. Department of Commerce Bureau of Economic Analysis. The state’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) has seen a 13.4 percent increase since 2013. Since  2013, North Carolina has fostered an economic environment that has created […]

General Assembly Returns for Short Session

April 25th marked the beginning of the short session in the North Carolina Senate, and there is no shortage of work to be done. Over the past five years, Senate Republicans have focused on policies to strengthen our public education system, attract and retain businesses and jobs, and improve our state’s economy. This session, we look […]

Special Session Regarding Redistricting

The North Carolina Senate passed a new Congressional map on February 18th to comply with a federal trial court’s order, even though state leaders maintain the current map is constitutional. The map passed by the Senate: •Addresses the specific problem named by the federal trial court with the current map by removing race as criteria. •Addresses public […]