The CBO’s Forecasts Are Bogus

FEE – Today the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) will announce the score of the American Health Care Act (AHCA), the Trump administration’s plan to replace Obamacare. The House of Representatives has already voted on and passed the AHCA, despite not having a score from CBO, an element that has added more controversy to an already controversial bill.

The House’s actions underscore a deeper problem within the process of legislating – CBO does not disclose its methods for scoring bills to the public, leaving policy makers and legislators at the mercy of their timing and expertise. AEI budget expert Matt Jensen is available to comment.

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Subject: Politically Correct History: Making Slavery the Cause of the Un-Civil War, part 1 of 2. by Mike Scruggs, the Tribune Papers, NC

Legends grow around U.S. presidents, creating a gap between reality and the legend. The gap between Lincoln the man and Lincoln the legendary president is by far the greatest of all U.S. presidents.. Lincoln’s first biographer was his long-time friend and law partner, William Herndon. Following Herndon, as Herndon himself lamented, the real Lincoln, who Herndon loved and admired as a friend, was lost to various political agendas of the day, including the need to justify a war that cost at least 700,000 lives and destroyed much of the South and many principles of the U.S. Constitution, Modern political agendas have distorted the history of the war and tried to bury the record of Reconstruction. Truth is now bound by the iron chains of political correctness that pervades academia, the media, and many other cultural institutions. But burying the truth is never a road to peace and prosperity. It only corrupts and divides. See my book: The Un-Civil War: Shattering the Historical Myths. .

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Open Letter to Republican Lawmakers (in NC) on Voter ID

May 25, 2017.

Dear Sir or Ma’am,

By now, I presume y’all have already made up your minds on voter ID and will be rolling out a new version any day now. I’ve been busy and couldn’t get down there as much as I’d like. But, just in case, here are my two cents–based on observed voter behavior–for what should be included in such legislation:

DMV Matters. First, we’d still prefer the DMV being the only outlet for valid ID cards, but given the (IMO) deliberate sabotage last time, by employees who knew exactly what they were doing, I’d still urge y’all to keep it there, but cut the DMV manning and replace them with trained BOE registrars to oversee DMV’s voter registration duties. While some employees lost voter registrations others simply refused to issue free voter ID cards. The key moving forward… is accountability. So just training DMV workers to be more consistent next time is not a good long-term remedy. We’ve already seen where this leads us. California’s DMV used their power and secrecy to issue non-citz driver licenses and then Gov Brown pushed AB-1461 to automatically register all licensed drivers. (See Ch 4.5 of this Calif code.) Our ground-zero counterparts in California, Election Integrity Project, fought the bill, but with a veto-proof majority, California Democrats get whatever they want, and right now, they want non-citizens voting in elections. No surprise here: NPR ignored the danger of this law, but Fox News did not. We need to design in some accountability at North Carolina’s DMV before they can corrupt the voter rolls here, as they have in California.

Voter ID. I assume the reports I’ve gotten are true and y’all will be pushing through a voter ID law before you go home. This is good, but I just ask that you please not create a fake-ID law as was passed in Virginia.

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Instead, do a clean South Carolina-type law (with mandatory retention and authentication of any RID documentation). Please leave side issues off of this legislation. The most helpful way y’all could pass those ancillary bills is to do them as stand-alone bills that would clearly smoke out Progressive darlings who fight hard (and dirty) against honest elections. While big media says otherwise, election integrity is still a popular issue outside the beltline. If you guys can give us a clean picture of fraud-friendly lawmakers, it would help us brand them before one of them becomes another AG or Governor.

Ancillary Election Integrity Laws. We’ve offered several laws over the past five years and always hit the same brick wall: “We don’t want to pass any laws that might make us lose the voter ID lawsuit.” I would be honored to brief you (or your leadership) on which ones would be most helpful to add into legislation at this late date, but a few topics we’ve covered extensively in the past include last session’s H1088, H115 and this session’s H696, H697, H698, and H29 (which passed the House and awaits death in the Senate Rules Committee). If anybody is interested, I can explain why we need each and every one of them… based on facts.

Same-Day Registration. I don’t work for Civitas, but they do great work and Susan Myrick shows pure genius on the issue of election law reform. She posted a very realistic reform proposal for SDR, but I have no idea whether or not anybody took her up on the idea. It would enable lots of legit voters to use SDR while it would slow down the efforts of organized groups exploiting SDR’s inherent vulnerabilities. Here is the link to Susan’s suggested reform. I have no need to add anything to her ideas. They’re brilliant.

Constitutional Amendment for Voter ID. I hope I’m not the first person to point out that even if you do get the Feds to allow NC to have honest elections, the State Supreme Court will copy the Pennsylvania state courts and find an excuse to block it under the state constitution. If you really want to see NC voter ID in time for the 2020 election, you might preempt judicial nullification with a constitutional amendment.

Bottom Line: In 2008, ACORN was busted all over the country for committing voter registration fraud. It aroused public fears over Chicago-style vote fraud going nationwide. Starting in 2010 and out of concern for election integrity, several members of your caucus first won their jobs. When Gov Purdue vetoed NC’s first voter ID law, the public responded by giving Republicans a veto-proof majority. Thanks to a paralyzing strategy of Progressives (and a lot of money from Soros), you guys are seven years into a 10-year cycle and have only passed a tiny amount of integrity reforms. If we don’t see something pretty soon, a lot of your party’s most faithful supporters are going to question your intent. The Left already assigns an unfair motive to election integrity reforms. Now, I only hope that your caucus’ future actions can help prevent the Right from assigning a more cynical motive.

Respectfully,

Jay DeLancy

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BCBS wants 22.9% rate hike on ACA plans in 2018

Newsobserver.com – Blue Cross and Blue Shield, the state’s largest health insurer, is proposing a 22.9 percent rate increase on Affordable Care Act plans in 2018, in what will be the fifth year of the federal health insurance mandate.

Steep rate increases have been a consistent feature of Blue Cross’s ACA coverage in North Carolina, and Thursday’s announcement follows a 24.3 percent rate increase this year and a 32.5 percent increase in 2016. The company’s ACA rates have more than doubled since the law made health insurance mandatory for most Americans in 2014.

Cigna, which offers ACA plans in five counties in the Triangle, requested a 31.9 percent average rate increase Thursday.

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No Government belongs in the Health Insurance business. Health Insurance should be a TRUE free market, meaning the only government involvement is a State Insurance Commissioner to make sure the customer gets what they pay for – nothing more nothing less, and make sure that the Insurance Companies offer policies and do business in our state based upon their solvency and ability to pay claims. Only a true open free market otherwise known as competition will lower the cost of Health Insurance and Care. – Fremont V Brown III

So, in Portland you can NOT do what people world wide have been doing for years and years

Daily Mail – White women’s burrito shop is forced to close after being hounded with accusations it was ‘culturally appropriating Mexican food and jobs’

Explaining their trip, Connelly told the newspaper: ‘I picked the brains of every tortilla lady there in the worst broken Spanish ever, and they showed me a little of what they did.

‘In Puerto Nuevo, you can eat $5 lobster on the beach, which they give you with this bucket of tortillas. They are handmade flour tortillas that are stretchy and a little buttery, and best of all, unlimited.

‘They wouldn’t tell us too much about technique, but we were peeking into the windows of every kitchen, totally fascinated by how easy they made it look. We learned quickly it isn’t quite that easy.’

Those comments were latched onto by a food blog in the Portland Mercury, which accused Wilgus and Connelly of ‘preying’ on the women they met in Mexico.

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Here’s a list of the agencies and programs Trump’s budget would defund entirely

Bostonglobe.com – What follows is a list of the major programs, agencies, and initiatives that President Donald Trump’s budget proposal calls for eliminating funding for entirely, and how much those cuts are estimated to save.

In many cases, the proposal calls for ending these efforts because the Trump administration believes they are wasteful, outdated, duplicative, their impact is unproven, or they handle matters that should be funded by states or private sources.

Some of the cuts below are similar to ones outlined in a previous, less-detailed budget proposal the administration released in March.

That previous blueprint only included proposals related to what’s known as discretionary spending, the portion of the federal budget that Congress must approve every year by passing specific spending legislation.

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FreedomWorks hosting that fiery conservative talk show host and writer and star of the award winning documentary, Runaway Slave … Rev. CL Bryant


FreedomWorks hosting that fiery conservative talk show host and writer and star of the award winning documentary, Runaway Slave … Rev. CL Bryant.

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Where: The Chariot, 715 N Church St, Hendersonville, NC 28792 on Wednesday, June 28th from 11:30 AM – 2:30PM.

Topic: Regulatory Reform

Complimentary Lunch to guests. You must pre-register. Limited seating for 100. We need a head count for lunch.

Preferred RSVP on Facebook. Or contact Jane by Thursday, June 22, 2017.

Meet and Greet at 11:30AM. Lunch at Noon.

CL is a very special person who is a crucial voice to the conservative movement. Regulatory reform is critical to free market health. As activists, we must assure DC gets it right. Please join us.

A message on Voter ID from Senator Chuck Edwards

The Voter ID issue is far from over. The NC Legislature felt certain that our appeal to the US Supreme Court would yield us our desired outcome. Only a few days ago, and for reasons they state has nothing to do with the merits of our case- they have decided to not hear our arguments. We are confident that the reasons were related to confusion brought on by the illegal attempt by Governor Cooper and Attorney General Josh Stein to go behind the backs of the Legislators to have the case dismissed.

The other Senate Republicans and I fully intend to pass legislation that will ensure that voters are eligible to vote and that they are in fact who they say they are. We have now enlisted a group of attorneys to dissect our previously unfavorable ruling by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, and to give us some recommendations on our next move. I know that may people want us to rush to action. However, due to the inevitable challenge of our next piece of legislation, our probable loss to our own state Supreme Court, and our continued losses to the Fourth Circuit, we must be very calculated with our next action.

Some will rightfully argue that other states have voter ID laws in place. Many of those states, however, are under jurisdictions other than the Fourth Circuit and therefore are not under the same level of scrutiny as are we.  I believe it is important for all Republicans to recognize the makeup of the judges in the Fourth Circuit (see below) and realize that while we disagree with many of their rulings and believe that they often tend to make law from their benches- it is the reality that we currently face. This situation requires us to take a more careful and thoughtful approach instead of hasty actions that might limit our options in the future.

I have been asked to participate in a work group tasked with developing our future strategy. Our first meeting is later today. I will keep you posted on regarding relevant developments.

The current 15 active Fourth Circuit Judges by their appointor:

Obama = 6

Clinton = 4

Bush = 4

Reagan = 1

Chuck Edwards

NC Senate

(919) 733-5745 Raleigh Office

(828) 785-4177 District Office

Chuck.Edwards@ncleg.net

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Team Trump-Pence Week 17: Safety And Security For All Americans

In tributes across the nation this week, we honored the heroic memory of the fallen men and women of law enforcement. We also vowed to honor their sacrifice by ensuring that those who protect and serve have the support, resources, and training that they deserve.

In order to make America safe again we must also restore the tradition of respect and honor that is owed to every member of the law enforcement community in America.

Read more about the President’s week below.

Congratulating The Coast Guard Class Of 2017

President Trump delivered a commencement speech at the US Coast Guard academy congratulating the men and women on all their hard work. These fine young cadets are about to take their rightful place on the front line of defense for the United States of America. They deserve not only the congratulations but the gratitude of each and every American. They chose the path of service. They chose hard work, high standards, and a very noble mission to save lives, defend the homeland, and protect America’s interests around the world. They chose the Coast Guard.

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Standing With Our Men And Women In Blue

President Trump commemorated the hard work of peace officers in the United States. Each May, during Police Week, new names of fallen police officers are added to the National Law Enforcement Memorial.  This year, 394 brave souls join the over 20,000 men and women who gave up their lives in the line of duty to protect us. Words cannot express the depths of our gratitude, but President Trump hopes that our actions will show our brave men and women in blue how deeply we care and how strongly we feel about protecting those who protect us. President Trump will always stand strong with you.

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Celebrating Women’s Health Week

Women’s Health Week started on Mother’s Day last Sunday. President Trump recognizes the importance of providing women access to the best health information and care. Our President is committed to working with Congress to help mothers—and fathers—have paid family leave so that childcare is accessible and affordable, and to invest in the comprehensive care that women receive at community health centers.

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Completing The President’s Cabinet And Putting America First

This week, Robert Lighthizer was sworn in as the new United States trade representative. With this swearing in ceremony, President Donald Trump’s Cabinet is finally complete. President Trump made a promise to the American people — to fight for trade that puts America first. And in choosing Robert Lighthizer as the U.S. Trade Representative, President Trump is keeping his promise to put America first.

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Strengthening The Asian American And Pacific Islander Communities

Vice President Pence welcomed an outstanding group to the White House to join in a celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. For the better part of our nation’s history, the people of Asia and the Pacific have come to America in search of a better life and a brighter future, and now our history books are literally filled with the names of trailblazers.  And today, Americans of Asian and Pacific Island descent are the fastest-growing group in America.  More than 20 million Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders now call the United States their home, and they make a difference in the life of our nation every single day.

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President Trump is making his first trip abroad as President of the United States to Saudi Arabia, Israel, Rome, and finish in Sicily before returning home.

With the safety, security, and interests of the American people as his priority, he will strengthen old friendships and will seek new partners.

President Trump will ask them to unite for a future of peace and opposition opportunity for our peoples and the peoples of the world.

Thank you for your continued support

Team Trump-Pence

North Dakota Oil Production Jumps as Access Pipeline Nears Completion

The New American – The latest report from North Dakota’s state oil and gas division showed that crude oil production for March is back up over a million barrels a day, an increase of nearly nine percent since December and almost double what the state produced five years ago.

The boom is back.

In Bismarck there are hundreds more jobs being offered than takers, according to the Associated Press (AP), with “for hire” signs appearing once again in stores, shops, and restaurants downtown. In Williston there are 500 more job listings today than there were a year ago. Williston Republican state senator Brad Bekkedahl, whose district sits on top of the massive Bakken oil shale deposits, told the AP, “There is a long-term optimism that was not here a year ago.”

In the oil business, “long-term” is measured in months, not years or decades. In March 2012 there were 6,954 oil wells producing 580,000 barrels of crude every day. In March this year 13,632 wells produced 1.025 million barrels daily.

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Capitalism Makes People Taller

FEE – The spring sun shone and cherry blossoms fluttered down to the delight of locals as I sauntered through Namsan Park last weekend, a beautifully-kept oasis atop a mountain in Seoul. Beneath me lay the glistening skyscrapers of one of the world’s most remarkable cities: fashionable, frenetic, and constantly evolving. This is the sprawling home to 24 million people, half of all South Koreans, and is the most obvious sign of the country’s astonishing progress.

For this is the Miracle on the Han River. After the Korean War, a three-year tussle between capitalism and communism ending in a stalemate, the South was left shattered with income per head on par with the poorest parts of Africa. Life was such a struggle some people even defected to the North, which under its founder Kim il-Sung and with Soviet backing was more prosperous than its southern rival.

In mere decades, South Korea has gone from poverty to exceeding average wealth in the EU.

Yet, within my lifetime, this place has gone from poverty to prosperity at unprecedented speed, now even exceeding average wealth in the European Union.

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We need a State Government with a BACKBONE!

Fox News – Supreme Court rejects appeal to reinstate North Carolina voter ID law. North Carolina’s tough voter identification law was dealt what could be a fatal blow on Monday, as the Supreme Court rejected an appeal to reinstate the policy.

Advocates of the law said it was meant to preserve the integrity of elections and counter voter fraud. But critics said it unfairly singled out black voters.

The justices on Monday left in place a lower court ruling citing such alleged discrimination. That ruling struck down the law’s photo ID requirement and reduction in early voting.

The decision comes just days after President Trump ordered a a review of voter fraud allegations.

In the North Carolina case, the situation was complicated when Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper and Attorney General Josh Stein tried to withdraw the appeal, which was first filed when Republican Pat McCrory was governor.

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Supreme Court issues OPINIONS, does NOT MAKE LAW.

1. The supremacy clause of the federal Constitution (Art. VI, clause 2) says that only the Constitution, laws made pursuant to the Constitution, and Treaties made under the authority of the United States are the supreme law of the land. Supreme Court “opinions” are NOT part of that supreme law.

2. Supreme court opinions are not “law” — they are OPINIONS on the cases [rightly or wrongly] before the Court. The ONLY ONLY ONLY federal law in this land is: The Constitution, Laws made by Congress which are permitted by the Constitution, and Treaties made by the President and the Senate which are permitted by the Constitution.

Supreme Court opinions are NOT LAW.

3. But the statists have managed to convince most Americans that the Supreme Court is THE highest law making body in the entire Country. If people would only read our federal Constitution and use their heads, they would have seen through this absurd claim 100 years ago. – Publius Huldah

It is fact that Federal Judges can NOT make law but only issue opinions. As in Article 1, Section 1 of the U.S. Constitution it is state that “All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States….”. “ALL” meaning the Judges have no legislative powers and therefore have no law making powers. Also, note that on the Supreme Courts website it states OPINIONS and not the words “now law of the land”.

As for N.C. according to the N.C. Constitution in Article II, Legislative, Section 1, Legislative power “The legislative power of the State shall be visited in the General Assembly, which shall consist of a Senate and a House of Representatives.” – Fremont V Brown III

This Is Why Government Shouldn’t Be Involved in Health Care

FEE – The Republican-controlled House vote to “repeal Obamacare” – if that is what this was – was a stunning mess.

Did they get it right? The answer is obviously no, and that’s inevitable. Just imagine a bill that sets out to reorganize any industry that is currently mostly market driven, such as shirts, software, groceries, or furniture. Would any bill coming from Congress that pertains to the whole of any of these be wonderful? It’s impossible.

This is because the minds of politicians working together – with all their mixed motives of special-interest acquiescence, electoral fears, and general ignorance – cannot possibly replicate, much less improve upon, the brilliant mind of the market at work.

Sadly, any structural change in the industry is pushed through via legislation.

Fortunately, we don’t have to deal with such bills in most markets. But the health care industry is different. It’s been heavily regulated for more than a century. Obamacare went in the wrong direction, toward more rather than less government control. It actually disabled the mind of the market. The result has been soaring deductibles and premiums, insurers going belly up, and average citizens being forced to pay for insurance they can’t afford to use.

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No Government belongs in the Health Insurance business. Health Insurance should be a TRUE free market, meaning the only government involvement is a State Insurance Commissioner to make sure the customer gets what they pay for – nothing more nothing less, and make sure that the Insurance Companies offer policies and do business in our state based upon their solvency and ability to pay claims. Only a true open free market otherwise known as competition will lower the cost of Health Insurance and Care. – Fremont V Brown III

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Team Trump-Pence: Week 16: Strong Leadership

The great American General, George Patton said, “the highest obligation and privilege of citizenship is that of bearing arms for one’s country.” This week, we honored the brave men and women during an event for Military Appreciation Month. We say thank you and salute their service.

But our service members know that they have more than just our thanks. Under President Donald Trump, America’s armed forces have a leader – a tireless defender of our American military and our veterans. The President is fighting every single day to keep America safe and keep our promises to those who have served the uniform of the United States.

The President has said that our veterans deserve the finest care America can provide. Just over a week ago, President Trump signed an executive order to ensure that the Department of Veterans Affairs is as efficient, effective, and accountable as any great healthcare provider in America. And last month, President Trump signed into law the Veterans Choice Act to give our heroes the choices they deserve for world-class healthcare.

Scroll down to read more about the President’s week.

A New Online Experience

We wanted you to be one of the first people to know that we’ve launched a new website that delivers current and compelling information for all Americans about the President’s policies. You can click here to visit the new website now. The new website will provide a one-stop online destination to learn the facts about President Trump’s actions that are enabling new economic growth and changing the American political landscape. New official campaign merchandise is also available here.

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Jobs, Jobs, Jobs

The US economy added 211,000 jobs in April, and, since The President took the oath of office, he has created 522,000 new jobs. A steady and sustained increase in job creation equals new paychecks for American workers and income for American families. President Trump is committed to policies that lead to continued job growth, workforce development, and increased opportunities.

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Investing $2 Billion In the United States

Australian billionaire and manufacturing CEO Anthony Pratt confirmed that he is investing $2 billion in the United States because he has “enormous confidence” in President Trump. “We have enormous confidence in President Trump. He’s doing a wonderful job, and we think he will continue to do a great job,” Pratt said. “And that’s why we are doubling down on our investment in the United States, creating 7,000 high-paying manufacturing jobs, mainly in the Midwest,” Pratt added.

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Welcoming Honor Flight Veterans

This week, Vice President Pence marked National Military Appreciation Month by welcoming Honor Flight veterans, who fought on the front lines of freedom in WWII, Korea, and Vietnam, to the White House. With America’s armed forces on the frontlines, the United States stood as a beacon for freedom. Our nation marshaled every ounce of our strength to save freedom across the Atlantic, Pacific, and the world. The sons and daughters of America, and, indeed, all who call themselves free will remember their service for eternity, until the world stops turning.

Make America Great Again

Thanks to President Trump’s strong leadership, national defense is now coming first. And, we were able to increase defense spending with the largest investment in years without requiring an additional increase in domestic spending, putting an additional burden on taxpayers. That’s real progress for taxpayers and our military.

President Trump will not rest and will not relent until we give our soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines, and Coast Guard the resources they need to accomplish their mission, defend our nation, and come home safely.

We are going to see to it that we keep promises made to our veterans. We are never going to hesitate to honor those who have served our great country.

Thank you for your continued support

Team Trump-Pence

Senate Passes Budget Including $1 Billion Middle Class Tax Cut, Teacher Raises, Hurricane Matthew Relief

PRESS RELEASE
Senator Bill Cook
District 1
(919) 715-8293
300 N. Salisbury Street
Raleigh, N.C. 27603

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 12, 2017
Contact: Jordan Hennessy, (919) 715-8293
jordan.hennessy@ncleg.net

Senate Passes Budget Including $1 Billion Middle Class Tax Cut, Teacher Raises, Hurricane Matthew Relief

Raleigh, N.C. – The North Carolina Senate passed a $22.9 billion balanced budget Friday, May 12, 2017. Senator Bill Cook (R-District 1) voted in support of the Senate’s version of the state budget, which cuts taxes, controls the growth of government spending, bolsters the state’s savings, and dramatically increases teacher pay. Next it will go to the House of Representatives.

Revitalization and Economic Development Grants

· Appropriates $2.8 million to the Perquimans Marine Industrial Park, which is situated in Northeastern North Carolina along the Perquimans River. This 71-acre state owned park is part of the 400-acre Perquimans Commerce Center south of the historic Town of Hertford.

· Appropriates $100,000 to the Washington Harbor District Alliance of Beaufort County for the purpose of rehabilitating a historic downtown building to be used for a permanent farmers and artisans market in downtown Washington, N.C.

· Appropriates $200,000 to the Town of Bath of Beaufort County for a downtown revitalization project.

Tourism Advertising

· Designates an additional $3 million over the biennium to the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina (EDPNC) for tourism advertising and marketing. These funds are restricted to a research-based comprehensive marketing program directed toward consumers in key markets most likely to travel to North Carolina and shall not be used for ancillary activities, such as statewide branding and business development marketing.

Hurricane Matthew Recovery Funding

· Provides an additional $150 million in disaster relief assistance to victims of Hurricane Matthew. Previously, the N.C. General Assembly enacted a $200 million disaster relief package into law during the December 2016 special session.

Oyster Sanctuaries

· Appropriates an additional $1 million on a recurring basis for oyster sanctuaries. The revised net appropriation for oyster sanctuaries is $2.8 million over the biennium.

Shellfish Rehabilitation

· Continues funding for cultch planting at the FY 2016-17 level and makes the funding recurring. The revised net appropriation for cultch planting is $1.1 million in FY 2017-18 and $1.2 million in FY 2018-19.

Oyster Study and Shellfish Mariculture Plan

· Provides $150,000 on a nonrecurring basis for the North Carolina Policy Collaboratory to study and advance efforts to ecologically restore and achieve economic stability of the shellfish industry and to develop a Shellfish Mariculture Plan.

Artificial Reefs Program Funding

· To enhance fishing opportunities, the Marine Resources Fund may be used to construct artificial reefs in the estuarine and ocean waters of the state and federal waters up to 20 nautical miles from land.

Crab Pot Cleanup

· Continues the Crab Pot Cleanup Program piloted in FY 2016-17. The North Carolina Coastal Federation shall use the funds of $100,000 to contract with commercial fishermen to aid in derelict crab pot cleanup efforts. The Coastal Federation is also encouraged to find ways to reuse recovered crab pots.

Marine Fisheries Commission Amendments

· Reduces the membership of the Marine Fisheries Commission from 9 commissioners to 7 and a supermajority of 5 to make decisions. Thus, the two at-large seats would be abolished and the composition of the MFC would be three commercial, three recreational and one scientists.

· Clarifies and defines the authority granted to the N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission (MFC) in the development of a temporary supplement to an existing Fishery Management Plan (FMP). In essence, the Commission would be required to follow the management strategies contained in the original FMP or subsequent amendments to the plan. Moreover, the Commission would be required to go through a stakeholder process that includes public hearings, economic analyses and the rulemaking process as defined by the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) in GS 150B – prior to enacting any changes to the FMP.

“I believe these changes would go a long way toward removing politics from the decision-making process of the Marine Fisheries Commission, and actually identify projects on a transparent, data-driven process. Section 13.7.(c) would not prohibit the Commission from addressing a stock assessment – but it simply requires the Commission to go through a transparent, data-driven process – prior to enacting any changes to the FMP,” Cook said.

Storm Damage Mitigation Fund

· Establishes the Coastal Storm Damage Mitigation Fund as a special revenue fund for particular beach nourishment or damage mitigation. Thus, revenue credited to the fund may only be used for costs associated with beach nourishment, artificial dunes, and other projects to mitigate or remediate coastal storm damage to our ocean beaches and dune systems.

Clean Water Management Trust Fund

· Provides an additional approximately $4.6 million over the biennium to the $17.2 million recurring budget of the Clean Water Management Trust Fund.

· Allocates $1 million through the Water Resources Development Projects for storm debris removal in Eastern North Carolina.

Deep/Shallow Draft Dredging

· Continues to appropriate approximately $23.2 million to the state’s Shallow Draft Dredging Fund.

· Directs the Department of Environmental Quality to explore the feasibility and cost-effectiveness of the acquisition of a State hopper dredge.

· Instructs the N.C. Department of Transportation to study the use of its new dredge vessel, the Dredge Manteo, and a plan to allow use of the dredge vessel by other state departments and agencies.

· Authorizes the North Carolina State Ports Authority to utilize up to $12 million of their funds for dredging needs. Phosphate and sulfur products from PotashCorp located in Beaufort County represent 68 percent of total tonnage handled by the Port of Morehead City.

Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum

· Increases funds for the existing building and environmental services at the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum located on Hatters Island.

Teacher Assistant Tuition Reimbursement Program

· Expands the teacher assistant tuition reimbursement program to Beaufort County. Last year, the General Assembly established a teacher assistant tuition reimbursement pilot program in five counties, which provides tuition reimbursement for TAs to pursue a college degree leading to teacher licensure.

Elizabeth City State University Stabilization Funds

· Appropriates an additional $5.8 million to Elizabeth City State University to stabilize enrollment. Funds will be used to hire temporary faculty to anchor core programs, provide start-up funds for an aviation science program, and support student success initiatives. The revised net appropriation for Elizabeth City State University is $32 million in FY 2017-18. Included in a different provision, also prohibits any potential reduction in state funds allocated to Elizabeth City State University.

East Carolina University: Medical School Sustainability Funds

· Provides an additional $4 million of recurring funds to stabilize the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University. The revised net appropriation for East Carolina University Health Affairs for all items is $74.4 million in FY 2017-18 and $75 million in FY 2018-19.

School Construction in Rural Counties

· Allocates $75 million for grants to economically struggling, rural counties to assist with critical public school building needs.

Geographically Isolated Schools – Ocracoke Island

· Increases funding for geographically isolated schools. Thus, Ocracoke School will receive several additional classroom teaching positions under this proposal.

Rural Touring Arts Grant Program

· Creates the Rural Touring Arts Grant Program. This Program will provide grants to arts organizations that are designated as State Arts Resources so that these organizations can increase their reach in Tier 1 and Tier 2 counties. The revised net appropriation for Rural Touring Arts Grant Program grants is $125,000 in both years of the biennium. Additionally, the budget increases support for the Grassroots Arts Grant Program by $750,000. The revised net appropriation for the Grassroots Art Grant Program is $3.1 million in each year of the biennium.

Military and Veterans Healing Arts Grant Program

· Establishes the Military and Veterans Healing Arts Grant Program. This Program aims to increase access to the arts for North Carolina’s service members, veterans, and military families through grants to local arts councils and arts organizations that will partner with military bases, VA hospitals, and veterans service providers. The revised net appropriation for Military and Veterans Healing Arts Grant Program grants is $125,000 in both years of the biennium.

Roanoke Island Historical Sites

· Requires the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources to negotiate a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Roanoke Island Historical Association (Lost Colony) to collaborate and strive for an acceptable correlation agreement between the Roanoke Island Festival Park and the Roanoke Island Historical Association.

Capital Improvement

· Authorizes $300,000 for capital improvements at the Outer Banks Education Center located in Corolla of Currituck County.

· Authorizes $900,000 for capital improvements at the Wildlife Resources Commission boating accesses.

Mattamuskeet Lodge

· Directs the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission to use up to repair the roof and stabilize the tower at the Mattamuskeet Lodge in Hyde County.

Dare County Bombing Range

· Allocates approximately $1.4 million to the Dare County Bombing Range or “Navy Dare” via the North Carolina Forest Service.

Rural Health Centers

· Allocates an additional $15 million over two years to community health centers, rural health centers, free clinics and other health services providers in rural and underserved areas that assist the uninsured.

N.C. Temporary Assistance for Needy Families

· Approves the plan titled “North Carolina Temporary Assistance for Needy Families State Plan (NCTANF) FY 2016-2019,” prepared by the Department of Health and Human Services and presented to the General Assembly. The counties approved for the NCTANF state plan FY 2016-2019, are Beaufort, Caldwell, Catawba, Lenoir, Lincoln, Macon, and Wilson. TANF was created to help families in need. The TANF bureau works with families to help them become self-sufficient.

NCSU Innovation in Manufacturing Biopharmaceuticals

· Provides funds for North Carolina State University’s (NCSU) participation in a collaborative effort to accelerate the development of innovative manufacturing processes for biopharmaceutical products. Funds will support the Biomanufacturing Training and Education Center at NCSU and serve as matching funds for a federal grant from the National Institute of Standards and Technology. The revised net appropriation for this initiative is $2 million in FY 2017-18 only.

In Agriculture and Commerce:

· Provides $1 million in supplemental funding to offset potential costs from intervention in federal litigation over the Waters of the United States rule.

· Provides $2.3 million for firefighting equipment for the Forest Service.

· Provides $700,000 for the Tobacco Trust Fund and $1 million for the Agricultural Development and Farmland Preservation Trust Fund.

· Provides $750,000 for international marketing and food marketing.

· Provides $12.5 million for a new Site and Building Development Fund.

· Provides $3 million for the Lift Fan Facility project at Cherry Point Marine Corps Air Station.

· Provides $5.8 million for the Food Processing Innovation Center to be housed at the N.C. Research Campus. This will improve our state’s competitiveness in recruiting agricultural manufacturing companies.

In Taxes and Economic Development:

· Reduces the tax burden on North Carolina families and small businesses by cutting the personal income tax rate from 5.499 to 5.35 percent in 2018, and by increasing the amount of income that is exempt from state income tax.

· Lowers the corporate income tax rate from 3 percent to 2.75 percent in 2018 and to 2.5 percent in 2019, continuing the business tax reforms that have helped create more than half a million new jobs since Republicans took control of the state legislature in 2011.

· Simplifies and reduces the franchise tax on small businesses by cutting what is effectively a statewide property tax on small businesses and creating a flat $200 tax on the first $1 million of a business’s net worth.

· Creates a new economic development fund to help attract major manufacturing projects – like automobile and aerospace manufacturers – to the state.

In Salaries and Benefits:

· Keeps the plan to dramatically increase average teacher pay from last year’s budget, investing $131 million in the first year alone. This is in addition to the substantial teacher pay raises legislators passed in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

· Includes a new plan to let highly-qualified new teachers begin at a higher pay grade on the salary schedule, providing financial incentive to those who accept positions in low-performing schools, are licensed in special education or STEM classes or meet other criteria.

· Provides $28.5 million to substantially increase principal and assistant principal pay, including funds for performance bonuses for principals.

· Includes $10 million in additional compensation for community college employees.

· Provides a $750 or 1.5 percent salary increase – whichever is greater – to most state employees.

· Offers experienced-based step increases to teachers, State Highway Patrol troopers, clerks and magistrates.

· Provides $10 million in the biennium toward hard-to-hire positions across state government, such as health care technicians and nurses.

· Designates roughly $4 million to allow Gov. Cooper to increase the base salary ranges for many state workers.

In Education:

· Increases funding for public education by more than $600 million over two years.

· Fully funds K-12, community college and public university enrollment growth.

· Invests an additional $10 million in recurring dollars in textbooks and digital resources.

· Codifies the legislature’s intent to use data it is currently gathering from local school systems in accordance with state law to fund a new salary allotment for kindergarten through fifth grade program enhancement (music, arts, physical education) teachers beginning in the 2018-2019 school year.

· Supports the new N.C. Teaching Fellows Program through the N.C. Education Endowment Fund.

· Protects the Read to Achieve, Teach for America, and Communities in Schools programs from being cut by the Department of Public Instruction to fund bureaucracy.

· Provides additional assistance to community colleges for workforce training programs.

· Honors the commitment to fully fund the N.C. Promise Program, which guarantees in-state undergraduate students at three schools across the state pay just $500 per semester for tuition.

· Includes over $20 million in new funding for medical education, including funding increases to the UNC School of Medicine for approximately 30 new slots for medical students and to the school’s Asheville campus.

· Directs $1.5 million to the Cheatham-White Scholarship Program, which will provide state matching funds for up to 20 scholarships at both North Carolina Central University and North Carolina A&T University, beginning in the 2018 fall semester.

In Transportation:

· Establishes a new Roadside Environmental Fund dedicated to funding for vegetation management, mowing, litter prevention and removal, beautification efforts, rest areas, and guardrail replacements. The revised net appropriation for the Roadside Environmental Program is $104,000,000 in each year of the biennium.

· Increases funding for the Strategic Transportation Investments Program (STIP) by $320 million over two years, which will allow 100 new highway projects to be added over a ten-year period.

· Includes $246 million to improve structurally deficient bridges across the state, adds $130 million to improve the condition and safety of existing roads and increases funding for pavement preservation by $70 million, extending the life of thousands of miles of roads.

· Invests $40 million to fund immediate need construction projects across the state that improve mobility and safety, reduce congestion and spur economic development.

· Includes $208 million over two years for a Roadside Environmental Fund dedicated to ensuring the safety and beautification of the state’s highways.

· Modernizes the state’s transportation network by providing additional funding to airports across the state for infrastructure improvements, and to the State Ports Authority for infrastructure and dredging needs.

· Continues to appropriate approximately $46 million to the Ferry Division, and blocks the Board of Transportation from instituting any tolls on ferry routes that presently do not have a toll.

In Health and Human Services:

· Provides more than $18 million over two years to add 2,350 new pre-K slots – cutting the waitlist in half for at-risk children.

· Upgrades the Controlled Substance Reporting System that will use advanced analytics to detect and fight prescription drug abuse.

· Invests $18 million to improve North Carolina’s child welfare program, including new training and prevention programs, and nearly $4 million to improve accountability and oversight of the system.

· Earmarks close to $3 million to provide support for additional foster children in the system.

· Continues preparing for the transition to Medicaid reform by allocating $150 million over two years to grow the Medicaid Transformation Reserve.

Elsewhere:

· Brings the rainy day fund to $1.838 billion, or 8.2 percent of last year’s budget – the largest dollar amount and percentage in state history.

· Adds $120 million to make needed repairs and renovations to state and university facilities.

· Helps preserve North Carolina’s military operations by allocating $2 million for the next Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC).

· Funds needed additional positions in the state court system, including 56 new deputy clerks of court and 37 new assistant district attorneys.

· Provides more than $4 million for law enforcement training for North Carolina officers.

· Continues the commitment to improving government transparency by funding a website that makes every state agency, county, and local school district budget available for citizens to view online.

· Aims to make government operations more efficient by investing in a fully-consolidated statewide Enterprise Resource Planning system.

· Helps the office of the State Auditor conduct more specialized audits and allocates funding to assist the state Department of Revenue in identifying and preventing tax fraud.

“The Senate’s balanced budget invests in key priorities that will benefit all North Carolinians by strengthening education, cutting taxes on the middle class, enhancing public safety, saving for the next recession, improving the health of our citizens and building new roads that connect our communities,” Cook said. “Our aim is to meet the simple, but crucial demand of our citizens—a state government that puts the needs of its own people first.”

Speaker Moore in Forbes for NC Tax Cuts

How Tax Cuts Put More Money In The Pockets Of Middle Class North Carolinians.

Forbes – The Republican-led General Assembly in North Carolina has kept its promises to North Carolinians by passing historic income tax cuts this decade, growing the economy and benefiting the bottom-lines of average and low-income working families across the state.

Republican tax reforms have put hundreds of dollars back in the pockets of middle class citizens in North Carolina by nearly tripling the standard deduction that millions of our families take while lowering the income tax rate.

Contrary to divisive and false claims that our tax policies only help the wealthy, the truth is we’ve focused the highest percentage of tax relief for low-income earners in our state. While our opponents wage class warfare to keep taxes high and grow the state government, Republicans have grown North Carolina’s economy by lowering taxes for every family.

Click here to read more.

Rosie the Riveter on the railroads

Incredible photos show how 100,000 women kept US trains, freight and troops running smoothly in World War II

  • The US railroads were vital in transporting troops to the frontline and equipment from the factories overseas 
  • Railroad companies were opposed to hiring women but once men left for combat they had little choice
  • Soon women were being hired ‘as fast as they can’ and helped kept America’s trains running smoothly
  • By the end of the war some 116,000 women were working on railroads across the United States 

To view pictures and read more visit:    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4477498/Rosie-Riveter-railroads.html#ixzz4gVuPCcBf

Trump-Pence Week 15: A Rebirth Of Hope, Safety, And Opportunity

Over the years, traditional politicians have failed to put America First. Our factories have been shut down, our steel mills slowed, and our jobs were stolen away and shipped overseas.

Politicians sent troops to protect the borders of foreign nations, but left America’s borders wide open. They spent billions of dollars on one global project after another, while failing to keep our citizens safe and allowing gangs flooded into our country.

President Trump is not going to let other countries take advantage of us anymore, because from now on it’s America First!

Just imagine what we could accomplish if we all started working together to rebuild our nation, the nation that we so dearly love. Our jobs will come back home and dying factories will come roaring back to life.

Our country is seeing a rebirth of hope, safety, and opportunity. Americans are being taught to love their country and take pride in our great American land.

Read about the President’s Week below.

Commemorating 100 Days In Pennsylvania

What better way to celebrate his 100th day in office than right alongside several thousand fellow Americans who helped elect him into office? President Trump held a rally in Harrisburg, PA to talk to the American people about everything that was accomplished in his first 100 days, noting that it was only the beginning! Pennsylvania – like many states, has faced numerous hardship in recent years, and President Trump made it clear that he will do whatever it takes, in Pennsylvania and across this nation, to Make America Great Again.
One Step Closer To Obamacare Repeal

Wednesday afternoon, the House successfully passed the American Health Care Act, a bill that would repeal and replace disastrous Obamacare. Obamacare has led to higher costs and fewer health insurance options for millions of Americans. The 2010 healthcare law has brought the American people rising premiums, unaffordable deductibles, fewer insurance choices, and higher taxes. This new bill will expand access and lower costs for Americans across the country! This is a big victory with the bill on the way to the Senate for another vote to make it a law.

Fighting The Fake News

In his first 100 days, President Trump has taken bold actions to restore prosperity, keep Americans safe and secure, and hold the government accountable. Unfortunately, CNN, NBC, CBS and ABC refused to air our new video titled “First 100 Days,” highlighting the President’s first 100 days in office. It is absolutely shameful to see the media blocking the positive message that President Trump is trying to share with the country. It is clear that these dishonest news outlets are trying to silence our voice and censor our free speech because it doesn’t fit their narrative. Watch the video now by clicking here.

A Milestone For School Choice

This week, the President welcomed advocates, administrators, teachers, parents, and students to the White House to mark a milestone for school choice. The D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program, which provides scholarships for private schools to low-income students, proves that school choice works. President Trump could not be more proud to extend this critically important program, and, his commitment to school choice doesn’t end there. President Trump believes that a child’s future should never be determined by his or her parents’ income or area code. The President wants to ensure that the next generation is not trapped in a broken system that puts the status quo ahead of students’ success.

The Strong Bond Between The United States And Australia

President Trump met Prime Minister Turnbull of Australia at an event commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea. President Trump thanked Prime Minister Turnbull for traveling to New York for the commemoration, a gesture which shows the deep ties between the United States and Australia. The President and Prime Minister Turnbull discussed the enduring bonds, deep friendship, and close alliance between the United States and Australia that have been critically important to the maintenance of regional and global peace and security.

Celebrating National Small Business Week

Since 1963, the White House has honored America’s small businesses by marking this week National Small Business Week and recognizing the tremendous contributions that small businesses make to our country every single day. Just this weekend, President Trump declared that “small business owners embody the American pioneering spirit and remind us that determination can turn aspiration into achievement.” Watch a video on a personal small business success story from the company that makes our iconic “MAGA” Hats by clicking here.

Mother’s Day Is Right Around The Corner

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Make no mistake this is just the beginning in our fight to Make America Great Again.

For the last 100 days, President Trump has been working hard to deliver every single day for the great citizens of our country. He is keeping one promise after and another.

It’s time for all of us remember that we are one people with one great American destiny.

We are Americans and the future belongs to all of us with hope in ourselves, and patriotism in our hearts.

We will continue to Make America Great Again.

Thanks for your continued support

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