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Though North Carolina has passed 18 states in national teacher pay rankings since 2014 after five consecutive raises from the Republican-led General Assembly that produced the third-fastest rising educator salaries in the nation, Gov. Cooper announced Friday he would block additional take-home pay increases for public school teachers. Teachers have received a nearly 20% salary…

Gov. Roy Cooper’s radical opposition to commonsense measures to secure our election process continued this week with a veto of legislation to remove foreign citizens from election rolls. Nineteen foreign nationals were charged in 2018 for voting unlawfully in North Carolina.  Multiple defendants voted in more than one election.  Senate Bill 250 Remove Foreign Citizens from Voting…

Smart reforms and support for individuals and businesses passed by House Republicans the last decade have turned our state’s economy into one of the national leaders. In a state as large as ours, ensuring all communities in North Carolina have the opportunity to thrive and grow is important as people and businesses seek to move…

Wednesday night House Republicans passed House Bill 1023, the Storm Recovery Act of 2019, keeping their promise to provide aid to North Carolinians affected by natural disasters. House Bill 1023 appropriates $280 million for communities still struggling to recover from Hurricanes Matthew, Florence, Dorian and other major storms. This is the sixth disaster recovery bill…

A joint opinion piece by the editorial boards of the News & Observer and Charlotte Observer newspapers called the Governor and House Democratic Leader Darren Jackson’s (D-Wake) interference with an investigation into the Atlantic Coast Pipeline permit deal “disturbing” on Friday, insisting that “they should stop” obstructing the oversight inquiry.   The editorial noted that Governor Cooper…

Billions of state dollars for the Department of Transportation (DOT) were approved by the state House of Representatives last week as the legislature continues to fund state government priorities blocked by the Governor’s budget veto through stand-alone appropriations bills.  House Bill 100 DOT Budget for 2019-2021 Biennium received broad bipartisan support in the state House and…

Appropriations for North Carolina’s rural broadband grant program were approved again by the state House of Representatives on Tuesday to deliver critical internet connectivity funding blocked by the Governor’s budget veto.  House Bill 387 Growing G.R.E.A.T. provides funding for the General Assembly’s $150 million, ten-year commitment to the Growing Rural Economies with Access to Technology (GREAT)…

“Conner’s Law,” an effort led by Rep. Brenden Jones, has been approved by the General Assembly and is heading to Governor Cooper’s desk. This bill ensures criminals who shoot at police officers will receive jail time and increases the death benefit paid to the families of fallen officers.  The bill was named after State Trooper…

Since 2011 Republican leadership has made it a priority to let individuals thrive. From cutting taxes to cutting red tape, House Republicans have delivered on that promise. Senate Bill 553, the Regulatory Reform Act of 2019, continues the Republican commitment to improving communities throughout the state. Like clockwork, when House Republicans introduce measures to make…

A decade ago Democratic leadership’s shell game of robbing Peter to pay Paul left regular North Carolinians on the hook for their mistakes. Educators were furloughed, teacher pay was frozen, and school construction ground to a halt. Ten years later House Republican leadership’s responsible budgeting and planning has improved our education system for both students…