“I have had a business relationship with Wesley for over twelve years, and I can confidently say that he is the common sense fiscal conservative voice we need. He has the experience necessary to be able to weigh the difference between the public good and the outright wasteful spending that is the current trend eroding the private economy. “ Tom Pollitt, small business owner
“Wesley shares the same ideals I do. He is all for fiscal responsibility, job creation, and lowering taxes.” Jim Mozingo
I’ve owned my own business for over 20 years now, and know first-hand what it’s like to struggle to make payroll. I’ve watched with dismay as start-ups and long established businesses alike crumbled under the previous job killing administration. It’s one of the reasons that I chose to run for office. North Carolina had the highest corporate, state income, and gas tax rates, thanks to recent reforms, that I was able to influence, this outlook has changed drastically. The high taxes were scaring away businesses from relocating here, and shutting down those we do have. After the tax reforms we passed, North Carolina is now regularly in the top ten for business climate rankings. Job creation, not government bailouts, is the key to revitalizing our economy, and that principle is already showing it’s merit in North Carolina. Bigger cities like Raleigh, Charlotte, Durham and Greensboro are all ranked in the top fourteen in terms of the fastest growing economies in the US. Simply put, thanks to recent legislation over the past few years, more businesses have come to the state and to Fayetteville; this development means more jobs, and more money in the pockets of citizens. It is truly validating to see some of your princples taking root and paying off in a beneficial way for this state.
I will continue to work with my colleagues in creating an environment that encourages business growth, and improves our job market. I understand that the best way to achieve this is to lower taxes, reduce the paralyzing government regulations, and let businesses compete in a free and fair market. Capitalism, not government takeover, will continue to take us there.
When I took office back in North Carolina had earned the unfortunate nickname of “Highest Taxed State in the Southeast.”
As said above, our state income, corporate, and gas taxes were far higher than those of our neighboring states. It drove away business, and kept our residents from being able to stay afloat, much less save for the future. Raising taxes had long been the way to govern for a state under Democrats control for over 100 years. This is not the best way for a state government to function. I made a promise to look to make cuts in government spending in North Carolina, much like a family or business has to make during tough times. I have upheld that promise during my time in office as I have helped dramatically reduce unnecessary spending.
I have always voted against every tax increase, and will continue to do so. I firmly believe that our hardworking residents deserve to be able to keep more of what they earn.
Did you know that past administrations in Raleigh voted to spend $25 million on a pier in Nags Head? Or that they voted to increase North Carolina debt by $1 billion dollars? All this was done while North Carolina was facing the worst recession since the Great Depression. Raleigh was out of touch with the concerns of every day citizens. Raising to fund pet projects is not the answer for the people.
Over the past few years, I am proud of the work that has been done to cut back spending. We have responsibly cut wasteful spending and reduced the massive debt that North Carolina had accrued under the leadership of Democrats.
I believe every child can succeed. I believe every child can have a future.
I believe, with an excellent education, the children of North Carolina can rise to the very top of our nation’s State Education Ranking. Currently, we rank #17 with a C+ or 78.3% in our children’s overall grades and test scores (edweek.org). Let’s give our children the best. Let’s raise the standard of education across our state and increase accountability. Let’s come alongside good, dedicated teachers and show them the support they need. Let’s reward teachers who refuse to be mediocre and desire to see every child in their classroom succeed.
I have been privileged to meet some of the hard working, dedicated educators in our state. These are the people who give to our children every day in the classroom.
The future of our state and nation rest in the hands of today’s children, and education is too precious and important for us to ignore. I believe it doesn’t matter where a child comes from or what their background is, every child in North Carolina can be given a bright future with education. Let’s give them what they deserve.