Reflecting on a Successful 2015

As 2015 comes to an end, I am thankful for the many blessings and opportunities we’ve had this year to improve our great state. I am grateful for my constituents’ trust and support and for my colleagues’ hard work and commitment to providing families and small businesses with hundreds of millions of dollars in tax […]

Good Roads Advocate Award

I was recently presented with The Carolinas Concrete Paving Association “Good Roads Advocate Award” in Fayetteville. As co-chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee that oversees funding for the Department of Transportation, I was able to assist in finding more than $700 million in new revenue for state transportation needs over the next two years, which represents a major […]

Governor’s Office Announces Acceleration of Key Road Projects in 19th District

The Governor’s Office has recently announced that key projects in District 19 will be completed sooner as a result of major transportation funding reforms passed by the General Assembly in 2015. These local projects are among an additional 92 highway projects that will be built and another 90 existing projects that will be sped up statewide, due […]

Fayetteville Program of Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing Presentation

On Saturday October 3rd, I was honored to be in attendance at the Fayetteville program of Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, as they presented local veteran and Purple Heart recipient Emil Walsh with a Trak-Fab Tracked Wheelchair. A group of anonymous donors has provided the Trak-Fab Chair that will help give Emil the mobility to more freely […]

North Carolina National Guard Commendation Medal

This past month, I was honored to receive the North Carolina National Guard Civilian Commendation Medal. I had the privilege of being able to assist in the recent changes to state law on the selection criteria for the adjutant general of the General Assembly. Adjutant General Lusk presented the award, and in his statement said; […]

Senate Unveils Bond Proposal

A bill put forward in the Senate Finance Committee Monday would give North Carolina voters the opportunity to approve a $2 billion bond package to support critical infrastructure needs in the state’s public universities, community colleges, National Guard installations and local water and sewer systems. North Carolina has long faced challenges with its aging infrastructure, […]

North Carolina Tax Facts

$445 Million State Budget Surplus

The General Assembly’s Fiscal Research Division released official state revenue numbers this week showing North Carolina has a $445 million budget surplus – $45 million more than earlier projections. When the Republican legislature passed the largest tax cut in state history two years ago, some skeptics made exaggerated predictions that it would starve state government. […]

Travel to Cumberland County Generated $490 Million in 2014

Cumberland County  – According to figures released by the Visit NC this week, domestic travel to Cumberland County generated over $490 million in expenditures in 2014 – a 3.85% increase from 2013. Tourism expenditures in Cumberland County generated state and local tax revenues of $35.7 million, which represents a $108.39 tax saving to each county […]

Establishing a Taxpayer Bill of Rights

The Senate Finance Committee has passed a bill that would give North Carolina voters the opportunity to add strong protections against over-taxation and wasteful government spending to our state constitution. The Taxpayer Bill of Rights would allow voters to consider three proposed constitutional amendments on the presidential primary ballot in March 2016 – including an amendment […]

Compromising on Economic Development, Medicaid Reform

The Senate has passed compromise bills on economic development and Medicaid reform with bipartisan support, fulfilling two of the biggest goals of the session while adopting a number of provisions supported by members of the North Carolina House and Gov. Pat McCrory. To encourage progress toward a final budget agreement, we removed these two issues from […]