Teacher Pay Increase while Keeping Tenure

Senate Republicans offered a compromise proposal in open budget negotiations the past Tuesday that would provide North Carolina public school teachers an average 11 percent permanent pay raise – without requiring them to make a choice on whether to keep tenure. This $468 million increase would be the largest in state history and would boost […]

The Privilege License Tax

Lawmakers, business owners and municipal leaders have agreed for years that business privilege taxes — which are paid for the “privilege” of doing business in a locality — are too complicated and need change. Similar businesses in adjoining towns can end up paying wildly different bills because the cities calculate their respective taxes differently. Since […]

Happy Fourth of July Weekend

This weekend is the Fourth of July. We will celebrate over 230 years of the world’s greatest design for liberty and self-government. I look forward to this celebratory holiday in which we pay tribute to the patriots who signed the Declaration of Independence, and also the brave men and women who have fought to protect […]

Meeting with the Cumberland County Beekeepers Association

  Last Tuesday, I had the opportunity to meet with the Cumberland County Beekeepers Association at the Crown Coliseum Complex Exposition Center. I went there to speak about a part of the regulatory reform bill involving setting up a commission. This line item will get together various groups, and set up a commission comprised of experts […]

The Regulatory Reform Act of 2014

When I first got involved in politics, one of the main reasons was the over regulation of the government on our North Carolina businesses. Unneccessary regulations increase costs for business owners, stifle growth and hurt our economy in job creation. Since taking office, I have worked to hold up those principles and cut away senseless […]

Reforming Common Core

It is likely that when speaking with anyone involved in our public education system, that they will have a strong opinion on common core. Common core was adopted in this state in 2010; teachers, parents and students have been struggling with it since. During the interim, I have the time to do a lot more […]

Energy Modernization Passes

The North Carolina Senate passed bi-partisan legislation this week that moves our state further ahead in achieving energy independence and creating a robust energy sector that will help attract high-paying jobs, private investment, and additional revenue to our economy.   The Energy Modernization Act paves the way for responsible domestic energy production by authorizing the Department of […]

Senate Republicans Propose the Largest Teacher Pay Increase in State History

Raleigh, N.C. – Senate Republicans unveiled a groundbreaking plan Wednesday to provide North Carolina public school teachers an average 11.2 percent permanent pay raise beginning July 1. The $468 million increase would be the largest in state history and would boost North Carolina from 47th in overall teacher pay to the middle of current national […]

The Agenda for the Short Session

Let’s start by taking a look back at what has been done in the past 3 sessions since the Republican Party came into power in North Carolina. Today, more people are going to work in North Carolina than ever before. That’s nearly 4.4 million people working – over 200,000 more than in January 2011.  Our […]

More Jobs in NC

North Carolina’s employment numbers have continued to improve in the past few months.  In fact, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, North Carolina showed the nation’s second largest increase in employment for March in which 19,400 jobs were added. The unemployment rate has now fallen to 6.3%. North Carolina has led the nation in […]

Senator Meredith meets with troop 477

  Last month, I was invited out to attend a scout meeting at Big Rockfish Presbyterian Church in Hope Mills, NC.  As a landscape contractor, I have a great appreciation for our young men showing an interest in our environment and harnessing the sort of survival skills that remain useful in our changing world. At […]