North Carolina Best State for Business in Forbes’ 2017 Rankings

North Carolina is the Best State for Business and the only state to place among the top 20 in all six categories of Forbes’ 2017 economic climate rankings. The annual ratings by Forbes examine states’ business costs, labor supply, regulatory environment, economic climate, growth prospects, and quality of life to produce the comparisons.  North Carolina […]

North Carolina Adds 91,000 Jobs Over Year

The state economy added 91,964 jobs over the last 12 months according to October employment figures released by the North Carolina Department of Commerce earlier this month. The data shows North Carolina’s fastest  job growth over a 12-month period since May, when the state added 97,270 jobs over the previous year.  The state’s October unemployment […]

Fayetteville Tech Ranked #3 Nationally in Military Times

Fayetteville Technical Community College (FTCC) announced today that it has been ranked #3 nationally by Military Times in its Military Times Best: Colleges 2018 rankings, formerly known as Best for Vets. In its eighth year, the rankings factor is the result of Military Times’ annual survey, the most comprehensive school-by-school assessment of veteran and military […]

Cape Fear Valley Honors N.C. Senator Meredith for Residency Program

Last week, I had the incredible honor of being presented the On Point Award by Cape Fear Valley Health for my work to bring a new medical residency program to the Cumberland County-based health system. The On Point Award was created to recognize individuals outside the health system who have gone above and beyond to help Cape Fear Valley Health fulfill […]

Redistricting Maps

Legislators finished redrawing House and Senate district maps beating a court-ordered deadline.The House voted 68-47 to approve the Senate map just a few hours after the Senate voted 30-15 for the House boundaries. Each chamber had approved its own lines earlier in the week, following robust debate. Redistricting legislation is not subject to Gov. Roy […]

Legislative Accomplishments During This Year’s Long Session

Senate Republicans fulfilled our promises to further reduce taxes on middle-class families and job-creators, provide a fourth consecutive teacher pay raise, appropriate nearly $700 million more for public education, and rebuild communities devastated by Hurricane Matthew – all while saving for a rainy day, Our ongoing commitment to spending discipline and tax relief has resulted […]

Study: North Carolina is best state for starting a business

Study: North Carolina is best state for starting a business Danielle Chemtob News Intern, Triangle Business Journal Entrepreneurs and business owners need look no further than the Tar Heel state to set up shop — North Carolina came out on top in a new study of the best states to start a business. The study, […]

N.C. Ranks in Top Five States for Budget Solvency

North Carolina is among the top five states in the nation for budget solvency – or having sufficient revenues to pay for its spending – according to a new report released Tuesday by a well-respected academic research center at George Mason University. The state also moved up six places since last year to rank 15th […]

Giving Voters the Opportunity to Protect the Right to Hunt and Fish

Hunting and fishing are integral parts of North Carolina’s heritage, economy and conservation efforts. According to the most recent data available, North Carolina sportsmen and women spent $2.3 billion on hunting and fishing in our state in 2011, generating $249 million in revenue and supporting more than 35,000 local jobs. The state issued 1.87 million hunting […]

Rejecting Gov. Cooper’s Unconstitutional Call for a Special Session

Gov. Roy Cooper attempted to violate Article III, Section 5 of the North Carolina Constitution, which allows him to call for an extra session “on extraordinary occasions, by and with the advice of the Council of State.” Gov. Cooper’s stated purpose for the session was redistricting. But the governor has no constitutional role in redistricting, […]

Senate Passes Bill to Close Unfair Loophole, Protect Workers

The North Carolina Senate tentatively passed bipartisan legislation to help prevent the unfair misclassification of newspaper delivery workers and salespeople as independent contractors. The bill levels the playing field by deleting a special carve-out in the Workers’ Compensation Act that prevents these workers from being classified as “employees” of their publications entitled to benefits such […]