Challenge – Commit – Engage

    Just as our First Responders take on any Challenge, faithfully Commit, and follow through with unquestionable Engagement – I am calling on the fine citizens of Cumberland County to join me over the next 5 weeks to show our unwavering gratitude. Each week I will showcase different departments with photos and more! I […]

Teacher Pay Facts

The Truth About NC’S Rising Teacher Salaries: Average Teacher Salary in 2018-2019: $53,600 Number of Consecutive Teacher Pay Raises: 5 Average Pay Raise Since 2013: $8,600 Average Percentage Pay Increase Since 2013: 19% Number of Teachers Who Have Received a Pay Raise of at Least $10,000 Under Republican Leadership: 44,647 Increase in Lifetime Earning Potential […]

5 Consecutive Pay Raises Lead Teacher Appreciation Agenda in N.C.

Teachers in North Carolina will receive an average $4,412 raise between 2017 and 2019 as the state placed top-2 in the U.S. for fastest rising educator salaries twice over that period, part of a teacher appreciation agenda in the state General Assembly that delivered five consecutive pay raises to educators since 2014. While salaries have […]

Opioid Treatment in Our District

Earlier this month, at Fayetteville Technical Community College, myself, other elected officials and leaders from Fort Bragg, the Defense Health Agency, the Department of Veteran Affairs and civilian health care systems met with Senator Thom Tillis to discuss opioid-treatment in our district. Tillis said the military, VA and civilian healthcare systems can learn from each […]

North Carolina Teachers Lead the Nation

North Carolina continues to lead the nation in the number of teachers who have earned certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS), with 616 additional teachers gaining the endorsement in 2017. The NBPTS also ranked the top 50 public and private universities and colleges with the highest number of alumni with the […]

Job Growth in North Carolina

This week has brought a myraid of good news for Southeastern North Carolina and the state as a whole. Recent figures released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows North Carolina is 7th in the nation for numbers of jobs created over the past year. Since March 2017, North Carolina has added 73,300 new jobs. […]

The North Carolina Chamber Lists Senator Meredith as Jobs Champion

The North Carolina Chamber has rated me as a “Jobs Champion” for my votes last year on legislation the Chamber favors. The Chamber advocates on behalf of business and industry in North Carolina. It listed me as a “Jobs Champions” for my votes for bills that the Chamber considered to be pro-job growth and against […]

Public Schools Impacted by Pipeline to Receive $58 Million Fund

This month my colleagues and I sent legislation to Governor Cooper requiring the $58 million fund he negotiated with energy companies building the Atlantic Coast Pipeline – announced the same day his Department of Environmental Quality approved a key permit for its operations – be distributed to school systems in eastern North Carolina along the […]

Presidential Budget Military Construction Program Increases to $315 Million for North Carolina (Fourth Highest in the Nation)

The President’s Budget for FY2019 includes $315.776 million in Department of Defense major military construction at installations in North Carolina.  This budget would fund projects at the following bases, in the amounts indicated: Fort Bragg:                     $42.366 million MCAS Cherry Point:     $240.830 million MCAS New River:          $32.580 million In addition to this major construction, North Carolina […]

New station in Fayetteville, N.C., joins Piedmont’s network of 11 publicly available refueling stations

Piedmont Natural Gas announced the opening of a new compressed natural gas (CNG) refueling station in Fayetteville, a sign of growing demand as more companies choose clean, affordable natural gas to fuel their fleets of cars and trucks. This is the second new CNG refueling location the company has announced in a year’s time. Replacing […]

Running for Reelection in 2018

I am proud and excited to announce that as of early this past Monday morning, I have officially filed to run for reelection for North Carolina Senate District 19. I hope to continue to work on behalf of the citizens of my district as I have for the last four terms here in Raleigh. I […]