NC Speaker Tim Moore – Raleigh, N.C. – As families and businesses across the country complete the final touches on their returns for Tax Day 2018, the annual deadline highlights billions of dollars of relief provided to North Carolinians this decade.
The state General Assembly secured a lower income tax rate, corporate tax rate, sales tax rate, and a substantially higher zero-tax bracket for residents since 2011.
State House Speaker Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) detailed North Carolina’s surge in economic competitiveness following the tax relief in The Hill, The Washington Times, and Forbes, in just the last year.
“Families being able to save or spend their money instead of having it taxed away helps North Carolina’s overall economy,” Moore wrote.
“Top-tier wage and job growth, tax relief and lower unemployment are a winning combination for North Carolina.”
North Carolina’s historic tax relief will continue to take effect through 2019. Here are more tax facts and highlights of how the relief benefits North Carolina.
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Carolina Journal – After operating a little more than a year, the Amazon Wind Farm, North Carolina’s only large-scale wind energy project, continues to cause concerns. The project — located in Perquimans and Pasquotank counties near Elizabeth City — generated just 75 percent of its expected power. Military officials also remain uneasy about the wind farm’s interference with a sophisticated radar facility that provides crucial intelligence for the United States.
Interference with military operations may be the project’s Achilles’ heel — and it may spell trouble for other large wind projects considered for the region. Last year, North Carolina legislative leaders asked the Trump administration to consider shutting down the $400-million, 208-megawatt, 104-turbine project. State lawmakers said the massive turbines would interfere with the U. S. Navy’s Relocatable Over-the-Horizon-Radar facility, or ROTHR, in southern Virginia, bordering North Carolina’s Currituck County.
The sophisticated ROTHR receiver plays a key role in the military’s tracking of aircraft and ships suspected of transporting illegal drugs and other banned substances to the United States. The Navy commissioned a study on the interference which will be released this spring, Katisha Draughn-Fraguada, a public affairs officer for Naval Support Activity Hampton Roads, told Carolina Journal.
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The training session on Parliamentary procedure with Reverend Billy Miller has been completely confirmed (finally)! This promises to be an informative and entertaining event!
The event will be held in the front meeting room (where we normally meet for our X-Com meetings) of the Ryan’s Restaurant, 1000 Brevard Road, Asheville beginning at 9:30 am on Saturday, April 14 and is expected to last until noon. There is no charge to attend this event. However, you may wish to purchase breakfast prior to the meeting, Ryan’s begins food service at 8:00 am ($9.99, seniors – $8.99).
Please make your plans to join and, if you have not already responded, please email me your intentions to join us.
Representative Cody Henson
NC House District 113
RALEIGH UPDATE, March 2018
Many have asked about my solutions to keeping our schools safe. After many discussions with Sheriff’s and School Personnel in our District, some of the things I am working towards on the School Safety Committee are:
1. Increased funding for School Resource Officers statewide. Currently there are roughly 1200 SRO’s in our state. The state currently awards grants of $38,000 per HIGH SCHOOL for SRO’s. This neglects middle and elementary schools and the funding is inadequate. While looking at funding we need to also look at a reasonable student to SRO ratio so these law enforcement officers and students can form healthy relationships and build trust.
2. This General Assembly must take a serious, in depth look at mental healthcare in NC. It’s something we all talk about back home during campaigns but very little is done unless it is pulling money from mental healthcare. We also need to look at having school counselors, psychiatrists, or school social workers in our schools to give our students the proper help they may need.
3. Fully funding the Speak Up NC app. The Speak Up NC App was established as a pilot mobile phone app for students in 5 counties to anonymously report bullying, cyber bullying, drugs, underage drinking and even came with a suicide hotline that instantly connects student with a mental health professional. The results from that pilot have been outstanding in the number of incidents that have been reported and addressed.
4. School bus safety. We also need to look at ways to make sure our students are safe from the minute they leave home to the time they get back in the afternoon.
School Safety is my number one priority this year and it is an honor to serve on this committee to make our schools safer. I have had many conversations with school and law enforcement officials as well as parents and students over the last several weeks to come up with solutions to make NC schools safer and I look forward to ongoing conversations and committee work to see this process through. As always, it is an honor to serve you in the General Assembly and look forward to hearing more input from you on this important issue.
In addition, I welcome any input or concerns on the matter that constituents may have.
Have a great week,
Please reply to Cody.Henson@ncleg.net with Questions or Concerns