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 […]

Taking Steps to Increase Health Care Choices and Lower Costs

In an effort to dramatically increase choices and lower costs for health care patients across the state, members of the Senate filed a host of proposals to reform North Carolina’s outdated and burdensome Certificate of Need (CON) laws. Currently, North Carolina’s CON laws discourage competition and drive up costs by forbidding health care providers from […]

Overriding the Governor’s Veto

The Senate voted to override Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of commonsense legislation that restores partisan elections for local judicial races, helping ensure North Carolina voters have more information about the candidates they elect. The House of Representatives voted to override the governor’s veto, so the bill is now law. In the 2016 election, nearly 800,000 fewer […]

Sen. Meredith proposes regulations for self-driving cars

With autonomous self-driving cars and trucks expected to reach the streets and highways within five years, North Carolina needs to be ready. So I filed a bill to create the state’s first law specifically to address the operation of these vehicles. Under my bill, no occupants of a fully autonomous self-driving vehicle would need a driver license […]

Hurricane Matthew Relief

The North Carolina Senate on Wednesday unanimously passed a $200 million disaster relief package proposed by Gov. Pat McCrory to help families and communities across North Carolina recover from the devastating effects of Hurricane Matthew and wildfires that have ravaged the state since October. House Bill 2 – the Disaster Recovery Act of 2016 is […]

N.C. Business Tax Climate is 11th Best Nationally

North Carolina’s business tax climate has improved to 11th best in the nation, according to new rankings released this week by the nonpartisan Tax Foundation. The 2017 State Business Tax Climate Index ranks the state ahead of nearly all its southeastern neighbors and comes just two years after North Carolina achieved the most dramatic improvement […]

Fayetteville Outer Loop

On August 11th, I was able to be in attendance along with federal, state and local officials as we celebrated the opening of the next phase of the Fayetteville Outer Loop (I-295), which completes a direct interstate connection between I-95 and Fort Bragg and connects Ramsey Street to Bragg Boulevard. “Tremendous teamwork has gone into making […]

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 […]