Wednesday, June 5, 2013

NC House Update - June '13

Tax Reform

We are now in the midst of discussing tax reform in the NC House. My hope is that we can lower personal income taxes; move to a flat rate on personal income taxes; lower the corporate tax rate; and broaden our sales tax to cover some, but not all, services. Our goal is to create a tax code that will ease the burden on taxpayers and generate more economic activity.

If you have thoughts or ideas on tax reform, please contact me. Your feedback is always welcome.

State Budget

In addition to tax reform, we are currently working through the budget process. Our goal is to implement a budget that is fiscally responsible and sensible. Both the House and Senate are working on individual plans, and there will be extensive discussions before a final plan is reached.

In my opinion, we must focus on working to advance a plan that applies taxpayer funds to core responsibilities of government. Stay tuned for more information as we move forward with this process.

Bills Pass the NC House

There have been numerous bills that I have cosponsored this legislative session. However, there are seven bills that I have filed this year as the lead sponsor. Fortunately, each of these bills has passed the House and moved to the Senate.

Advancing these bills was a great honor, and I could not have done it without the support of colleagues and staff. Here is a list of each of the bills that I filed as the lead sponsor this session:

HB 250 - Charter School Enrollment

HB 273 - Charter School/LEA Accounting of Funds

HB 610 - Modify Requirements for In-Stand Beer Sales

HB 687 - Homeless Shelters/ Remove Age Limits

HB 688 - Amend Continuing Ed Req's/Cert. Well K'ors

HB 761 - Exempt Well K'ors/Electrical K'ors Lic Reqs

HB 762 - Amend Certain Bail Bond Procedures

Common Core

Lately I have been getting a lot of feedback on Common Core, which is a federal program pertaining to education. Parents and teachers alike have contacted me to express their concerns about this topic. While the supporters of Common Core may have good intentions, I must confess that I have serious concerns about this program.

First and foremost, I believe that education is a state and local issue. As someone who believes in parental choice and local control of education, I am skeptical of any federal program that would institute regulations on education in North Carolina.

HB 718, which is currently in the NC Senate, would create a commission to study the effects of Common Core in North Carolina. I think this is a great idea, and it is important that we move forward with this study.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any thoughts, concerns, or ideas on the topic of Common Core.

Quote to Remember

"The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary."
- Vince Lombardi