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 […]