Visit to Raleigh
Last week I spent some time at the General Assembly in Raleigh to get acclimated with the legislative process, and to meet some of my future colleagues. It was a good experience, and I enjoyed my time there. I will probably visit the General Assembly again before the current session adjourns, which will be sometime in the next few weeks.
Big Win for Scott Walker
As you know, Governor Scott Walker had a big win in the Wisconsin recall election last week. This shows that people are ready for sound fiscal policies, and that voters appreciate public officials who stand on principle. Walker's victory also may be a precursor of what is to come in the presidential election this November.
No Tax Increase
The Republican majority in the General Assembly has made it clear that raising taxes in a down economy is not a viable option. Governor Bev Perdue has suggested raising taxes to generate more government revenue, but I completely disagree with any notion of raising taxes, especially when our economy is in need of a recovery.
Victory for Annexation Reform
The General Assembly recently passed annexation reform that allows citizens the ability to stop annexation by a simple majority vote. This gives our citizens a much-needed voice, and puts an end to forced annexation, which abuses government power and neglects property rights. Governor Perdue chose not to veto nor sign the legislation, which means it will become law.
State Budget Adjustments
The House and Senate are currently working on budget proposals for the coming year. Governor Perdue has also released a budget, but it contains a tax increase, which the Republican majority will not accept. Once the final budget is formed by the General Assembly, it will be sent to Governor Perdue who may or may not exercise a veto.
Note: Speaking of the state budget, I firmly believe that we need a constitutional limit on spending in North Carolina. If we implement a Taxpayer Bill of Rights, also known as TABOR, we will take a positive step towards keeping government spending under control. Basically, TABOR would prevent government spending from out-pacing increases in population and inflation, which would help to protect taxpayer dollars.
Quote to Remember
"There is no dignity quite so impressive, and no one independence quite so important, as living within your own means."
- President Calvin Coolidge
As always, please feel to contact me with any questions, comments, or concerns.