It’s time for establishment Republicans to ‘Buck’ this trend

We at Tea Party Patriots recently had the pleasure of hearing from Rep. Ken Buck (R-Colo.), whose book “Drain the Swamp: How Washington Corruption is Worse Than You Think” is a must-read, as it details the shocking role money plays in determining who in Congress gets critical committee appointments.

“Tea Party Patriots recently hosted Buck on our weekly leadership call, giving him the opportunity to speak directly to hundreds of our local coordinators all over the country,” Tea Party Patriots Co-Founder Jenny Beth Martin writes in her latest opinion piece for The Hill. “For those who couldn’t be with us on that call and have the chance to speak with him directly, Buck’s book is the next best thing.”

The freshman congressman argues for principle over politics, and says establishment Republicans spend too much time and effort fighting up-and-coming conservative leaders than they do fighting the real problem: liberal Democrats in the House and Senate.

On Obamacare, rumor has it that Republicans from the moderate Tuesday group and the House Freedom Caucus have reached a deal on a new repeal bill. Congress returns from recess next week and we’ll be watching closely to see if they get repeal right this time around. Click here to help Tea Party Patriots urge lawmakers to adopt an Obamacare-repeal bill that gets rid of the disastrous law wreaking havoc on our healthcare industry!

There Is Only One Way Out of Poverty

Wouldn’t a change in our education system be a HUGE step in lowering the poverty level?

A fix for the US School System

By Fremont V Brown III

The present US education system does very little to prepare the students for the real world. At the end of 12th grade very few have any true skills to get a job. Plus many college degrees are useless as they are too general and the first two-years are usually a repeat of high school. Many students cannot get jobs that justify the cost of college.

I think the following would go along way to fix the system. First thru sixth grade the teachers must teach the students the BASICS like math, speaking, spelling, reading and writing. Teach math without calculators. Teach the student what type questions to ask themselves to reason out the answers for themselves. Teach US history with solid knowledge of the Constitution and Bill of Rights, plus world history and geography are a must.

Starting in 7th grade the courses change to three hours a day for courses to prepare the student for college. One hour a day for a course called LIFE. This course would teach the student EVERYTHING they need to know once they begin life after 12th grade. Like cooking, washing the clothes, balance the checkbook, understanding the interest rates on loans, how to do a budget and stick to it, etc. Then four hours of vocation/trade skills. These courses would teach skills to be a plumber, carpenter, chef, landscaper, auto mechanic, dental tech, nursing, etc. The courses would also include management, purchasing, accounting and all of the skills needed to run a business. At the end of the courses the instructors would or would not issue a certificate that guarantees the employer that the student can do the job without supervision and correctly. The student could in many cases finish school with three to six skills. I am pretty sure the drop out rate would be much lower then it is now. And the students would be more prepared to start life on their own.

Is this a FAIRER Federal Income Tax?

Flat Tax Plan of 2010 proposed by Fremont V. Brown III

Individuals: 5% tax on every individual of their taxable earned income.

Taxable earned income would be considered income earned and earned income would be considered wages, salaries, or professional fees received from sources within the United States for personal services actually rendered.

Business, Corporate or Trades: 5% on every person engaged in a business activity located in the United States on business taxable income of such person on the taxpayer’s share of the net profits of such business, corporation or trade, received from sources within the United States shall be considered as earned income. Net profit is income from sales or services minus standard business expensive.

The present U.S. Income Tax act would be completely repealed.

Also, the following taxes and programs in placed now would be completely repealed: Estate Tax, Capital Gains Tax, Dividend Taxes, Payroll Taxes, Taxes on Social Security payments to retirees, Unemployment Taxes, all Welfare and Foreign Aid programs.

Social Security would be phased out. Starting in a year to be chosen, those that have not started paying in to the plan would not be in the plan. People would become responsible for their own retirement programs.

Also, all tax-exempt organizations and non-profits would no longer be exempt from income taxes. They would pay the same 5% as everyone else.

Included in the above Act is the following, Congress would add an amendment to the U.S. Constitution, that Senate and Representatives could not spend more than 80% of the income taxes received from the previous year. Also, included would be a law that the 20% balance of the taxes collected the year before MUST be used to pay down the debt till it is paid off. Once the debt is paid in full, the 20% then could be used as the above 80%. NO NEW DEBT EVER, programs can only be funded from year to year.

The 16th Amendment which states: The Congress shall have the power to lay and collect taxes on incomes, from whatever source derived, without apportionment among the several States, and without regard to any census and enumeration. A new amendment replacing the 16th will need to read: The Congress shall have the power to lay and collect taxes on incomes earned from within the borders of the USA, without apportionment among the several States, and without regard to any census and enumeration. At a rate no higher than 5% for individuals, corporations and trades.

Reasons and benefits to the Flat Tax Plan of 2010 proposed by Fremont V. Brown III

By repealing the Estate Tax, which steals the American Dream of someone building a foundation for their family to grow and prosper. And by repealing the Capital Gains Tax and Dividend Tax will cause more investment in companies and they will build and invest and in the process create jobs.

The Flat Tax would draw businesses that left the US back as the Corporate Tax would be about 34% less than it is now. Also, it should bring new businesses to the US as our Corporate Tax would be much lower than many other countries.

Once Unemployment Taxes are repealed and the income to the Government increases due to the lower-income tax rate, retraining programs could be started. But, if the education system was changed at the local level to say something like: First through sixth grade the teachers must teach the students the BASICS like math, speaking, spelling, reading and writing. Teach math without calculators. Teach the student what type questions to ask themselves to reason out the answers for themselves. Teach US history with solid knowledge of the Constitution and Bill of Rights, plus world history and geography are a must. Then starting in 7th grade the courses change to three hours a day for courses to prepare the student for college. One hour a day for a course called LIFE. This course would teach the student EVERYTHING they need to know once they begin life after 12th grade. Like cooking, washing the clothes, balance the checkbook, understanding the interest rates on loans, how to do a budget and stick to it, etc. Then four hours of vocation/trade skills. These courses would teach skills to be a plumber, carpenter, chef, landscapers, auto mechanic, dental tech, nursing, etc. The courses would also include management, purchasing, accounting and all of the skills needed to run a business. At the end of the courses the instructors would or would not issue a certificate that guarantees the employer that the student can do the job without supervision and correctly. The student could in many cases finish school with three to six skills. I am pretty sure the drop out rate would be much lower than it is now. And the students would be more prepared to start life on their own. And if, they lose a job, they will not need any retraining.

The Flat Tax would take less time and money to prepare at the end of the year. For Individuals, the tax return would be the size of a 3″ x 5″ index card. For Business, Corporations or the Trades the tax return would be the size of a 8.5″ x 11″ sheet of paper. It would, also greatly reduce the size of the IRS. As the tax returns would be much smaller and less complex, there would be much less for them to do.

Flat Tax would be a job creator as with more money left in the taxpayer and businesses pockets, they will have more money to spend and save. To spend on hobbies, vacations, fixing things around the house, buying a second home, etc.

Flat Tax would also, create lower prices as less taxes means less cost added into the products and services which equals lower wholesale, distributor and retail prices. The cost of living goes down. Even more money left in the taxpayers pockets.

Something to think about: Everyone should support their country, as their country should treat all of its citizens equally. As all men are created equal, everyone should pay the same percentage.

It is a proven fact that lower tax rates increase revenue to the taxing agency, because people have more money in their pocket to spend on investments, goods, and savings, etc. This creates more jobs and growth.

Higher taxes give people reasons to not report or under report income or to earn less income. Higher taxes are one of the reasons for lower productivity and lower living standards of the people. Along with too much government regulation. It is also the cause of less money for research and development expenditures. It removes money from the private sector. The private sector is where wealth is created. The Government sector does not create wealth. The larger the government the more it takes from the people and produces nothing, but overhead (expenses) in return.

PS: I have been told “Your plan would create a negative score because we wouldn’t get the dynamic score of additional growth to offset.” I answered “Mistake is thinking it would not “include additional growth to offset” as it would BRING back all the funds overseas that then would be invested here plus ALL the studies show that when taxes are lower that funds to the taxing agency INCREASES as people and companies have MUCH more money to spend. Americans for the most part LOVE to spend, just look at the credit card debt.” I should have added that the provision of EVERYONE being taxed widens and expands for the growth to offset.

44% of Americans will pay no Federal Income Tax

Money-ish – Many Americans won’t owe the government a dime today.

More than four in 10 American households (44.3%) — or upwards of 76 million — didn’t pay any income tax to the federal government last year, according to data for 2016 from the Tax Policy Center. This year that number is expected to be roughly the same, at 43.9%.

Most of these people aren’t paying income taxes because they either don’t have any income that is taxable (many fall below the poverty line), or because they get enough tax breaks and don’t owe the government money. Common tax breaks include the child tax credit, the earned income tax credit (EITC), and the exclusion of some or all Social Security income, explains Roberton Williams of the Tax Policy Center.

Of course, this doesn’t mean that this group is completely tax exempt: “Roughly 2/3 of those paying no federal income tax work and pay federal payroll taxes that support Social Security and Medicare; about 60% of the rest are elderly and thus retired and not working; and most of the rest have very low incomes,” says Williams.

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Food for thought: 44% are paying zero, zip, nada, bupkus……..how is that a ‘fair share?’ They live here, too, right?
How did we get to the point where it’s okay for some folks to completely skate while others take it in the shorts, ‘bigly’?
– John Pizzo

Does Canada Have More Economic Freedom Than the United States?

FEE – When speaking of Canada, conservatives laugh at our “socialist neighbor to the north” with its lavish social programs. The main point of contention is, of course, Canada’s infamous “socialized healthcare,” which has been viewed as the epitome of a system NOT to imitate because of its high costs and long waiting times.

While, yes, Canada is dangerously close to Bernie Sanders’ dream of a single-payer system, the very structure of its system explains why Canada constantly ranks higher on the Heritage Foundation’s Index of Economic Freedom – #7, compared to the U.S. #17 ranking. And that structure is federalism.

Indeed, Canada’s 1867 constitution explicitly stipulates that hospitals – with a few exceptions – are under the exclusive care of the provinces.

Despite many of Ottawa’s incursions in the domain, one of the only major pieces of legislation from the federal government is the Canada Health Act. It has only 18 pages – nine if it were written in only one language but all laws in Canada are written both in French and English. Including this legislation, there are eight federal laws regarding health care, totaling about 137 pages.

To put this in perspective, in the United States, the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a Obamacare) has 906 pages, Title XVIII of the Social Security Act (which established Medicare, the government health program for the elderly) has 1,149 pages and Title XIX of the Social Security Act (which establishes Medicaid and CHIP, respectively government health program for the poor and children) has 414 pages.

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N.C. Representative Larry G. Pittman Update

April 13, 2017, Update on Recent Legislative Action

You may remember that I had filed HB 69 to make the concealed carry permit optional. Rep. Chris Millis also filed HB 201, which was very similar, with a few differences. For instance, I did not put a repeal of the pistol purchase permit into my bill; because I felt it would kill the bill. Rep. Millis did include a repeal of the pistol purchase permit. My bill changed the prohibition against veterans with an “other than honorable discharge” carrying handguns to those with a “dishonorable discharge.” Rep. Millis’ bill did not make that change.

We were asked to work together to create one new bill out of our two. We have done that, and the new bill we have introduced is HB 746, NC Constitutional Carry Act. Rep. Justin Burr and Rep. Michael Speciale joined us as co-primary sponsors on this bill. We are hoping to get the bill heard in Rep. Burr’s judiciary committee in time to have a chance to make crossover, which is on April 27. Bills have to be approved in one chamber by that date in order to be heard in the other chamber.

Regarding crossover, it will be harder to get a lot of bills passed by that time because leadership has decided for us to be on break April 12-18. I do not agree with this break, and feel that crossover ought to be moved out a week to give us a better chance of getting bills heard because of it. Of course, I don’t get to make those decisions.

At the request of a lady who works with children who are in the foster care system, I sought to prepare a bill to impose greater accountability on parents whose drug abuse causes various damages to their children during gestation. I shared the proposed draft with several members for their advice, including a doctor, two nurses, and a former hospital administrator. The consensus was that the intent was good, but that the bill needed more work before being ready to move forward. Therefore, instead of a bill to take specific action at this time, I have filed a study bill to look into the issue. It is HB 753, LRC Study/Parental Drug Abuse Effect on Child. I appreciate Rep. Greg Murphy, a physician, for joining me as primary cosponsor on this bill.

Many of our votes are not easy to decide. Last week, Rep. Jimmy Dixon’s bill, HB 467, which sought to limit compensatory damages in nuisance lawsuits against farming or forestry operations, was rushed through in the House. I voted for the bill because I wanted to protect farmers against frivolous lawsuits from animal rights activists trying to get rid of all livestock farming and production.

However, the Speaker had called for the vote on the bill without making it clear to everyone which bill it was, as he had jumped over several bills on the calendar to take up this one out of order, and without any debate. Several members who had voted yes started standing up and asking to change their votes to no. Some who had voted no asked me to move to reconsider, which I did. The motion to reconsider failed, but someone objected to third reading, which caused the final vote to be put off to this week.

When the vote came up, Rep. Blust offered an amendment to remove the bill’s retroactive application to existing lawsuits, so that we would not be meddling in existing litigation. Having studied the bill a bit more closely, I stood and supported this amendment and said I could not vote for the bill without it. The amendment passed, and I voted for the bill as amended.

I still have some mixed feelings about this bill. Activists from PETA, the Humane Society, and other groups have pushed these lawsuits seeking to damage the hog industry. So I want to protect farmers against that. The main focus is on the Smithfield corporation right now. While I am not thrilled that it is a Chinese conglomerate that owns Smithfield, I don’t want North Carolina workers to lose their jobs. Furthermore, once they are through going after the big operation, could small hog farms be next? On the other hand, I don’t want to ignore legitimate property rights issues if anyone is actually damaged by the actions of a business. So this was a tough decision for me.

Some who don’t like some of the things I do say, “You are supposed to represent all of the people.” While that is basically true, what some of them are trying to say is a bit disingenuous. I do represent all of the people, the way I said I would. It is not possible to please each one of some 80,000 people all at once. I simply ask for prayer that the Lord may guide me to do what is right and best overall in His sight.

God bless,

Rep. Larry G. Pittman

Check out: 1600 Daily: Everything White House for 4/13/17

WHITE HOUSE MEMO

Today, President Donald J. Trump will meet with first responders who courageously jumped into action during the I-85 bridge collapse in Atlanta, and thank them for their service. Our first responders are the bravest among us, and President Trump is behind them 100%.

President Trump’s Schedule

MORNING:

11:00AM: President Trump signs H.J.Res. 43

AFTERNOON:

2:00PM: President Trump meets with the I-85 bridge first responders – Watch LIVE

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President Trump holds a joint press conference with NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg.

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OMB Director: Shutdown Consequences Have Been ‘Blown Out of Proportion’

Government Executive – Lawmakers have a little more than two weeks to reach an agreement on how to fund government and avoid a shutdown, though President Trump’s budget director is shrugging off such an outcome as inconsequential.

Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney advocated for a government shutdown as “good policy” during his time in Congress. Even during his confirmation process, Mulvaney said in written testimony he still believed that to be the case. The former congressman has changed his tune to some degree, but still argues that an appropriations lapse would be inconsequential.

“Shutdown is never a desired end,” Mulvaney told CNBC on Wednesday. He said he thought the odds of one happening were “very low.” Agencies have not yet begun preparing for a shutdown and the budget director said he sees no need for them to do so. The most recent OMB guidance mandates the agency hold a teleconference with government leaders to instruct them to review and update their shutdown plans one week prior to a potential appropriations lapse.

Mulvaney added that if a shutdown were to occur, about 83 percent of government dollars would still go out the door.

“Social Security checks go out, military still exists,” he said. “The FBI still chases bad guys. I think the consequences have been blown out of proportion.”

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North Carolina localities are created by the state and exercise only the powers delegated to them by the state.

If anything useful can be said to have come out of the House Bill 2 controversy, it would be a broader understanding of how limited the powers of local governments are in our state.

Before the dispute, many North Carolinians seem to think that the relationship between Raleigh and localities is and ought to be comparable to the relationship between Washington and the states. Now they know differently. While the federal Constitution recognizes a clear distinction between the enumerated powers of the central government and the powers reserved to the preexisting states or the people themselves, there is no such provision in the state constitution. North Carolina localities are created by the state and exercise only the powers delegated to them by the state.

Local governments are answerable to local constituencies, of course. And it makes sense for state policymakers to give localities significant control over their budgets, personnel, and other decisions. But the state has a constitutional obligation to protect the fundamental rights of North Carolinians from being trampled on by local governments, and to balance local preferences with a legitimate interest in statewide coherence and predictability when it comes to taxation, permitting, and other regulatory matters.

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Preserve Property Rights by Defunding HUD’s AFFH Rule

The pressure by property advocates from across the nation to rein in HUD’s disastrous Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) rule is being felt on Capitol Hill. As a result, two bills have been introduced to defund and eliminate the program.

Representative Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) has introduced H.R. 482 (24 cosponsors), called the Local Zoning Decisions Protection Act of 2017. Meanwhile, Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) has introduced a companion bill (S. 103; one cosponsor) in the Senate under the same name. Both bills are designed to defund and defang AFFH.

AFFH is dangerous to American property owners and to local government in our communities. In 2015, the federal Housing and Urban Development (HUD) department began enforcing the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule. This was Barack Obama’s most radical assault on American private property rights and locally elected governments.

The AFFH rule obliterates personal property rights and destroys property values in whole neighborhoods. Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing requires every community that applies for HUD grants to perform massive demographic analyses locally and regionally to determine if there are enough low-income and minority people living in every neighborhood (as determined by HUD). HUD agents search the records of every person in each neighborhood for income levels, race, color, religion, national origin, and much more.

If there aren’t enough of each category to satisfy HUD’s vague rules, HUD will claim that the community is “out of balance” and therefore in violation of AFFH! Next, HUD will file lawsuits against the community to impose its will. HUD is already doing this in many communities across the nation. The result is pure social engineering of neighborhoods.

As HUD demands that the “imbalance” be corrected by forcing federally subsidized housing into more affluent neighborhoods, property values plummet. Equity in those homes will be lost.

In addition, as HUD moves to enforce these badly defined rules, its agents begin to dictate to local officials how their communities will develop. Locally elected officials simply become pawns to carry out HUD rules. Home rule in America will die under AFFH.

One other dangerous effect that AFFH has on local government is the creation of regional, non-elected governments. These regions are created as HUD uses the data it has gathered on each neighborhood and then creates “geospatial” (data) maps. Once the maps are incorporated into local plans, the agency then manages enough of the community’s zoning and population distribution to merge the community into an autonomous region, to be run by an unelected oversight council.

The Gosar and Lee bills are designed to deal with all of these concerns. The proposed bills deny all funding for HUD’s geospatial mapping:

[N]o Federal funds may be used to design, build, maintain, utilize, or provide access to a federal database of geospatial information on community racial disparities or disparities in access to affordable housing.

Since HUD and the Obama administration created confusing and expansive definitions of how the Fair Housing Act must be enforced, local communities have little hope of complying with or opposing HUD. Congress is about to stop that.

According to the provisions of the new bills, HUD’s exercise of tyrannical powers over local communities would be reined in by forcing federal, state, and local officials to jointly decide the best way to advance:

The Secretary of Housing and Urban Development shall jointly consult with State officials, local government officials, and officials of public housing agencies to develop recommendations, consistent with applicable rulings of the Supreme Court of the United States, to further the purposes and policies of the Fair Housing Act.

The sponsors of these bills are greatly optimistic that they will pass and that President Trump will sign them into law. However, there is growing pressure from civil rights groups, developers, and their lobbyists who fully understand the dangers these bills represent to their big government agenda. It is vital that those of us opposed to AFFH and HUD overreach keep up our own pressure on Congress by calling and emailing our representatives and senators to demand they support H.R. 482 and S. 103.

Reining in HUD and defunding its AFFH rule is a vital first step. Once achieved, the next move is to organize a grassroots movement to demand that HUD be completely abolished in order to end its tyrannical threat to our neighborhoods.

Phone your U.S. representative (202-225-3121) and senators (202-224-3121) in support of defunding and eliminating the AFFH rule with H.R. 482 and S. 103.

Please also email your representative and senators with the same message.

Thanks.

Your Friends at The John Birch Society

Judicial Watch Threatens to Sue 11 States With More Registered Than Eligible Voters

The Washington Free Beacon – Judicial Watch, a government watchdog group based in Washington, D.C., is threatening to sue 11 states with counties that have more registered than eligible voters.

The group announced Tuesday it has sent notice-of-violation letters to 11 states that combined have more than 100 counties where the number of registered voters surpasses the number of citizens of voting age. States that received the letters were Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, and Tennessee.

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firstinfreedomdaily.com – 15 North Carolina Counties have more Registered Voters than Eligible Adult Citizens.

Based on its review of Election Assistance Commission (EAC) data, and more recent U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey and the states’ voter registration records, Judicial Watch found the following counties have more total registered voters than the citizen voting age (18) population: North Carolina: Buncombe, Camden, Chatham, Cherokee, Clay, Dare, Durham, Guilford, Madison, Mecklenburg, New Hanover, Orange, Union, Watauga, Yancey.

Report: House Tax Reform Plan Would Create 1.7 Million Jobs and Increase After-Tax Incomes

The Washington Free Beacon – Incomes would rise on average by 8.7 percent or by $4,917 for median households. The House Republican tax reform plan introduced by Speaker Paul Ryan (R., Wis.) would create 1.7 million jobs and increase after-tax incomes on average by 8.7 percent, according to a report from the Tax Foundation.

The plan lowers marginal tax rates on wage, investment, and business income as well as simplifying the tax code so that it could fit on a postcard. The reform package would also lower the corporate tax rate to 20 percent, broaden the tax base, and eliminate federal estate and gift taxes.

The group analyzed the GOP blueprint, also known as “A Better Way,” to evaluate the state-by-state impact on jobs and income.
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On a national level, the analysis found that the plan would create 1,687,000 new full-time jobs and increase the after-tax incomes of median households by $4,917. The increase in jobs and income growth are due to the plan’s ability to increase productivity and economic growth as well as income tax cuts. Click here to read more.

Rep. Meadows Speaks Out on Health Care Reform Bill

The Tribune Papers – Congressman Mark Meadows, (R-NC)

Exclusive Interview

By Pete Zamplas- Freedom Caucus Chairman U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows sees the health care stalemate unlocked by Easter, easing off from a demand for a full Obamacare repeal that made national waves after he stood toe to toe with President Donald Trump.

But the local congressman still firmly seeks to undo two more regulations in order to further lower insurance premiums and boost care quality. “I’m optimistic we’ll find some kind of resolution, in the coming days,” third-term Rep. Meadows told The Tribune Monday, while driving from the 11th House District in western North Carolina back to the nation’s capital.

That night, the UNC Tar Heels won the national basketball title, while Meadows conferred with Vice-president Mike Pence.

Meadows remains a Trump supporter. “He’s done more in 65 days than any president in modern history,” with executive orders to roll back regulations to try to spur business growth, Meadows said March 26 as special guest on ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos.

He praised the “master negotiator” as one to be “admired for his negotiating prowess. He is extremely engaging. If a deal is met, it’s because of the president’s personal involvement.”

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N.C. Senator Chad Barefoot – Senate Education Committee Approves Policies on Teacher Recruitment and Retention

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Senate Education Committee Approves Policies on Teacher Recruitment and Retention

Raleigh, N.C. – The Senate Education/Higher Education on Tuesday approved 5 bills that showcase the Senate’s vision to improve teacher recruitment and retention in North Carolina. The proposed legislation was the result of a Senate workgroup’s efforts to address teacher preparation, recruitment, and retention challenges in the state. The workgroup was chaired by Sen. Chad Barefoot (R-Wake) and consisted of Sen. Deanna Ballard (R-Watauga), Sen. Tamara Barringer (R-Wake), and Sen. Jerry Tillman (R-Randolph).

The 2015-2016 North Carolina State of the Teaching Profession report showed that since 2013, the top five most difficult to staff subject areas are math, science and special education across different grade levels. In 2015, ninety school districts reported having difficulty staffing High School Math teachers.

The Senate’s workgroup engaged a variety of stakeholders, including students, professors, schools of education and superintendents, to develop these policies. The legislation advanced in committee incorporates their recommendations into a package that will help attract the best and brightest to our classrooms, particularly in hard to staff subject areas, and provide additional support to keep them there.

“The Senate demonstrated today that we are committed to recruiting and retaining the best teachers for our classrooms,” said Sen. Barefoot. “These policies will provide crucial support to early career teachers and give local districts access to additional resources to fill immediate staffing needs.”

“Under the North Carolina New Teacher Support Act, beginning teachers will receive the additional support they need to seamlessly enter the profession and provide our students a high quality education,” said Sen. Michael Lee (R-New Hanover), a co-sponsor of the bill.

“STEM teachers are in demand in North Carolina,” said Sen. David Curtis (R-Lincoln). “The UTeach program will expand UNC schools’ ability to recruit talented STEM students to enter the teaching profession while allowing these students to earn their primary degree in their field of choice. This program will be a valuable tool for teacher recruitment and retention efforts in our state.”

Bill Highlights

· S 447: Turning TAs Into Teachers (Sen. Barefoot, Sen. McInnis, Sen. Smith-Ingram)

· Gives 10 additional school districts with a high percentage of low performing schools the ability to grow teachers from within the school system by providing tuition assistance awards to Teacher Assistants to pursue a college degree and gain a teaching license.

· S 448: Professors in the Classroom (Sen. Barefoot, Sen. Newton, Sen. Krawiec)

· Provides school districts another resource to fill hard to staff subjects by allowing faculty from community colleges and universities to work as adjunct instructors in K-12.

· S 462: UNC/UTeach Program (Sen. Barefoot, Sen. Curtis, Sen. Daniel)

· Directs the UNC System to evaluate the feasibility of implementing the UTeach Program. The UTeach Program, started at the University of Texas at Austin, recruits students enrolled in STEM majors to enter the teaching profession by offering a course of study that allows the students to earn their STEM degree in addition to a teaching certificate.

· S 517: NC New Teacher Support Act (Sen. Barefoot, Sen. Lee, Sen. Edwards)

· Allows teachers that graduate from a teacher preparation program with a 3.75 GPA and score at least a 48 on the edTPA assessment to start their career on a higher step of the salary schedule. Teachers in hard to staff subject areas and low-performing school districts will start at an even higher step.

· Increases funding to the North Carolina New Teacher Support Program to expand the program and include more beginning teachers in our state.

· Reimburses graduates of a North Carolina educator preparation program for the administrative cost of obtaining a teaching licensure. The current fee is $70.

· S 598: Future Teachers of NC (Sen. Barefoot, Sen. Meredith, Sen. Britt)

· Allows high-achieving high school students to consider teaching as a career through courses offered in participating high schools in which students will learn about the profession of teaching, pedagogy, and will be given the opportunity to gain field experience.

· Students that enroll in these programs will also have the opportunity to earn dual credit upon completion of the program.

Trump Team Plans to Rebuild Government ‘Starting from Scratch’

Where the Clinton administration tried to “reinvent government,” the Trump administration plans to rebuild government “starting from scratch.”

In a memo to all department and agency heads to be issued Wednesday morning, Budget Director Mick Mulvaney officially ended the hiring freeze President Trump declared on Jan. 23 and ordered agencies to draft plans for overhauling their operations to improve efficiency and cut costs.

In a Tuesday White House preview for reporters, Mulvaney said the administration was flexible on the eventual outcome but said “it’s no secret that the president thinks we can run the government more efficiently with fewer people.”

The memo, titled “Comprehensive Plan for Reforming the Federal Government and Reducing the Federal Workforce,” instructs agencies to immediately began steps toward “near-term workforce reductions” aligned with Trump’s March 13 reorganization order and March 16 fiscal 2018 budget blueprint, and to develop a plan by June 30 to “maximize employee performance.”

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How Communism Became the Disease It Tried to Cure

FEE – From Radical Revolutionaries to Privileged Bureaucrats

The great German sociologist, Max Weber (1864-1920) offered an understanding of the evolution of socialist regimes in the twentieth century from revolutionary radicalism to a stagnant system of power, privilege and plunder, manned by self-interested Soviet socialist office holders.

Max Weber, in his posthumously published monumental treatise, Economy and Society (1925), defined a charismatic leader as one who stands out from the ordinary mass of men because of an element in his personality viewed as containing exceptional powers and qualities. He is on a mission because he has been endowed with a particular intellectual spark that enables him to see what other men do not, to understand what the mass of his fellow men fail to comprehend.

But his authority, Weber explains, does not come from others acknowledging his powers, per se. His sense of authority and destiny comes from within, knowing that he has a truth that he is to reveal to others and then knowing that truth will result in men being set free; and when others see the rightness of what he knows, it becomes obvious and inevitable that they should follow his leadership.

Certainly Vladimir Lenin (1870-1924) fit that description. While many who met or knew him pointed out his either non-descript or even unattractive physical appearance and presence, most emphasized at the same time Lenin’s single-mindedness of being on a “mission” for which he had absolute confidence and unswerving determination, and due to which others were drawn to him and accepted his leadership authority.

Surrounding Lenin, the charismatic, was an array of disciples and comrades who were called and chosen, and saw themselves as serving the same mission: the advancement of the socialist revolution. As Weber says:

“The . . . group that is subject to charismatic authority is based on an emotional form of communal relationship . . . It is . . . chosen in terms of the charismatic qualities of its members. The prophet has his disciples . . . There is a ‘call’ at the instance of the leader on the basis of the charismatic qualification of those he summons . . .”

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N.C. Child tax changes would boost working, middle-class families

Carolina Journal – Note: This column was updated at 3:40 p.m.

Children represent more than just an investment. But tax systems usually recognize that parents with kids are investing in the future.

And proposed changes in North Carolina’s income tax system would ensure that working-class and middle-class families free more money from the tax man because of that investment.

It’s attracted little attention so far in the income tax debate. But a provision in the N.C. Senate’s latest tax plan (Senate Bill 325) would provide more benefits to parents making up to $120,000 per year.

Let’s return to a recent debate about the progressive nature of North Carolina’s flat tax.

One of the state’s leading political columnists has argued that North Carolina’s income tax had been based historically on the idea that a bank president should pay taxes at a higher rate than a bank teller. He then proceeded to argue that North Carolina’s conversion in 2013 from a three-tiered progressive income tax to a flat-rate tax represented a significant deviation from that historical principle.

That argument is wrong. Large-scale increases in the standard deduction — or zero tax bracket, if you prefer — ensure that the bank president continues to pay a higher effective tax rate than the teller.

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Mick Mulvaney Orders Federal Agencies to Prepare for Massive Cuts

Breitbart – Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney will send a letter this week ordering federal agencies to prepare for massive cuts, according to a report from Axios.

As part of Donald Trump’s plan to streamline federal government, Mulvaney will demand that federal agencies significantly reduce their costs and increase efficiency. The reorganization will likely involve selling assets, laying off employees, and the cancellation of programs deemed unnecessary.

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Trump’s EPA Consolidation Begins

The Trump administration is beginning to follow through on its promise to shrink the footprint and mission of the Environmental Protection Agency, eliminating an office and looking to rein in its regulatory agenda.

EPA is shuttering its climate adaptation headquarters office, saying its responsibilities can be carried out at the regional level. The office helped state and local governments respond to the effects of climate change. An EPA official told The Hill the work was “redundant” and should not be handled “from inside Washington.” Four employees will transfer to other offices.

In his fiscal 2018 budget, President Trump proposed cutting more than 30 percent of EPA’s budget and one-fifth of its workforce. The proposal would eliminate more than 50 EPA programs and offices.

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2017 NCGOP Convention Announcement

Chairman Robin Hayes announces

as Convention Speaker Lara Trump, a native of Wilmington, NC and daughter-in- law to President Donald Trump will be a special guest at the 2017 NCGOP Convention’s Saturday Lunch. After attending North Carolina State University, she went on to L’Universite Catholique of France, and got a degree in Pastry Arts from the French Culinary Institute. Lara was a CBS Producer for ‘Inside Edition’ before joining the Trump campaign team full time in 2016. She is now working as a senior consultant to Giles-Parscale, Trump’s digital vendor, as they prepare for President Trump’s 2020 race. Along with rallying support for the president, Lara is also an avid dog lover, and she is highly involved with animal rescue organizations.

Lara and Eric were married in November of 2014 and are expecting their first child in September of this year.

“Lara was an essential component of the Trump campaign in North Carolina. I got to know her during the many campaign stops that she participated in last year, and I can attest first-hand to her love and dedication to our great state. I look forward to welcoming her home at our State Convention, and hearing about the progress being made to make both North Carolina, and our country, great again.” -NCGOP Chairman Robin Hayes

Lara Trump will be speaking at the 2017 NCGOP State Convention during the SATURDAY LUNCH on JUNE 3rd at the Wilmington Convention Center.

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