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Adcock Appointed To Wake County House Seat PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Monday, 24 September 2018 09:13
John Adcock has been sppointed to fill the seat of Rep. Linda Hunt Williams in NC House District 37. 
 
Rep. Hunt Williams announced her retirement recently and the House District 37 Executive Committee met and unanimously selected Adcock to fill her unexpired term. "We are so excited to have selected John Adcock as the new representative for HD 37," said Charles Hellwig, Chairman of the Wake County Republican Party. "John will be a fantastic member of the General Assembly and serve his constituents well. The choice was easy for us."
 
Adcock was already running to replace Rep. Hunt Williams, who had announced her retirement earlier this year. He is a father with two children in the public school system, a small business owner, and a longtime active leader in his community.
 
"It is an honor to have the opportunity to serve this community and our state," said John Adcock.  "In the coming weeks, there is critical work to be done to help those impacted by Hurricane Florence begin the process of putting their lives back together," Adcock continued.  "Putting the priorities of our community before politics will underscore my service and I look forward to hearing your priorities and serving you," said Adcock.
 
"We couldn't have picked a better person to fill this seat," Hellwig continued, "and we're looking forward to his election in November as well!"
 
Last Updated on Monday, 24 September 2018 09:14
 
Republican Legislative Leaders Tout Education Spending PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 20 August 2018 09:10
This is a news release provide by the office of House Speaker Tim Moore:
 
Republican lawmakers in North Carolina doubled the share of new state spending for public schools since 2011, compared to eight years prior of Democrat leadership in the legislature.  
 
The North Carolina General Assembly directed twice the portion of state budget growth to public schools from 2011-2018, under Republican majorities, compared to 2003-2010, when Democrats controlled the legislature, in budget figures provided by the state’s nonpartisan Fiscal Research Division. 
 
Half of new state spending in North Carolina went to K-12 classrooms since Republicans gained control of the state legislature in 2011, while just one-quarter of budget growth was given to public schools in the eight years prior.
 
State House Speaker Tim Moore said the figures mark a stark reversal of priorities for North Carolina public schools:
 
"When we spend additional taxpayer dollars earned by hardworking North Carolinians, we put them to their highest and best use - our children,” said state House Speaker Tim Moore (R-Cleveland).
 
"Education is the top priority of our successful approach to the state budget, benefitting students, teachers, and taxpayers across North Carolina.” 
 
Education's increased share of state spending is driven by five consecutive teacher salary increases that produced the third fastest rising teacher pay in the United States and provided nearly half of North Carolina teachers at least a $10,000 raise since 2014.
 
Public schools' share of annual new state spending under Republicans reached as high as 80% in 2013-14.
 
Legislative Republicans also increased total annual spending on public schools more than their Democrat predecessors over the eight-year period they held majorities in the state General Assembly.     
 
In total, Republican lawmakers increased annual K-12 spending in North Carolina by over $2.5 billion this decade, growing the total yearly appropriation to public schools from $7 billion in 2010 to $9.54 billion in 2018.
 
“Doubling public schools’ share of new spending demonstrates our commitment to growing investments in our children and educators," said Rep. Craig Horn (R-Union), a co-chair of the state House Education Appropriations Committee.
 
Last decade, Democrat lawmakers raised annual spending on public schools by about $1.7 billion from 2003 to 2008, increasing the K-12 appropriation from $6 billion in 2003 to $7.8 billion in 2008.  Between 2009 and 2011, however, Democrats cut education spending by over $700 million because their tax-and-spend approach and lack of savings left North Carolina financially unprepared for an economic recession.
 
As a consequence, North Carolina teachers were furloughed, received pay cuts, and their salary step increases were frozen by Democrat lawmakers.
 
Rising Taxes 2003-2010 - Tax Relief 20011-2018 
 
Democrat lawmakers imposed four sales tax increases on North Carolina families last decade, hiking taxes by $729 million in 2003, $879 million in 2005, $543 million in 2007, and $1.8 billion in 2009, while putting less than a quarter of new spending towards public schools.
 
By comparison, state Republican lawmakers have levied a lower sales tax rate, income tax rate, and corporate tax rate since gaining control of the state legislature in 2011, saving taxpayers over $5 billion while directing half of new state spending to K-12 appropriations.
 
General Fund Growth 
 
Legislative Democrats increased annual General Fund spending by over $1 billion four years in a row from 2004-2008 - average annual growth 8.7% - but public schools received just 27% of those additional dollars.
 
By contrast, Republican leaders have never increased total General Fund spending more than 3.85% per year, but sent 49% of new spending to public schools since 2011.
 
"The increases in total state spending by Democrats last decade led to higher taxes and financial insolvency, while only one quarter of that spending growth went to our teachers and classrooms," said senior House budget writer Rep. Nelson Dollar (R-Wake).
 
"Under Republicans, roughly half of our budget growth has been dedicated to K-12 education.”
 
Long-Term Budget Responsibility 
 
Since 2011, Republican lawmakers have enacted long-term fiscally responsible policies to ensure the state can maintain its rapid growth in education spending and prevent drastic cuts in an economic emergency.
 
Today North Carolina has a record $2 billion rainy day fund, the largest in state history both in terms of whole dollars and the percentage of the state budget.
 
On August 13, 2018, the Fiscal Research Division announced a $400 million surplus in the 2017-18 Fiscal Year, which ended June 30.  
 
The state also passed H.B. 7 Savings Reserve Requirement to ensure lawmakers continue to prepare for the future.
 
The state's new Unfunded Liability Solvency Reserve became law in 2018 to proactively address over $50 billion in unfunded pension and healthcare liabilities.
 
The state took on $2.8 billion in debt from federal unemployment benefits between 2008 and 2012, generating massive interest payments worth hundreds of millions of dollars.
 
Legislative Republicans repaid that debt ahead of schedule by 2015.
 
Last Updated on Monday, 20 August 2018 09:13
 
Lt. Governor Forest Says Unlike Cooper And McCrory Administrations; He'll "Fix" I-77 Contract PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 17 August 2018 09:18
 Lt. Governor Dan Forest released the following statement in response to Governor Cooper's refusal to cancel the I-77 toll contract:
"The I-77 toll road contract was a colossal mistake started by the Perdue Administration, signed by the McCrory Administration, punted by the Cooper Administration and would be fixed by a Forest Administration."
 
Last Updated on Friday, 17 August 2018 09:56
 
League Of Women Voters Outline Redistricting Options PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 14 August 2018 10:20
The League of Women Voters of North Carolina is releasing key findings from its new study of redistricting options for North Carolina. The study identifies five principles that together define “reasonable redistricting reform:” 
1. Maintain a role for the legislature in the process, such as naming commissioners.
2. Include citizens and/or impartial experts as commission members.
3. Set strict rules for the commission's work that 1) rule out partisan data and objectives and 2) use voting rules that force consensus.
4. Provide for extensive citizen participation and transparency.
5. Make the maps final on the commission's vote, without further action by the legislature.
A redistricting commission designed using these principles has the potential to attract the bipartisan support needed to become law and end extreme gerrymanders in our state. 
The five principles were identified by a League study team that analyzed 50 redistricting bills introduced last year in 15 states—mostly in the South—and the U.S. Congress. The team also examined all 29 redistricting commissions already on the books across the country. 
The League’s key finding is that redistricting reform that preserves a role for the State Legislature but also adheres to the other four principles above can give our voters a greater voice in the process and prevent extreme partisan map-making. 
The League’s “Legislator’s Guide to Reasonable Redistricting Reform” clarifies how to translate these principles into practice for a soundly designed commission. The guide sets out 12 questions that any commission design must answer and provides information on how legislators in other states have dealt with each of them. 
The League is not recommending a specific model. Instead, we are calling on citizens, legislators, and civic organizations to collaborate in designing a “reasonable redistricting” model that works for North Carolina. 
Dr. Jennifer Bremer, the main author of the study, is available for interviews. Contact her at (301) 955-6333 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
 
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