NC House of Representatives
300 N. Salisbury Street, Room 301H
Raleigh, NC 27603-5925
Raleigh, NC – This week was very exciting here in Raleigh. On Monday evening we were honored to welcome Governor Pat McCrory to the House Chamber to give his first State of the State address. Governor McCrory laid out his positive vision for North Carolina and his goals for our state. His three main priorities for our state are: fixing the economy, transforming education, and improving government efficiency. This week Governor McCrory signed Senate Bill 4 into law, stopping the expansion of a broken Medicaid system and creating a play to pay off a $2.5 billion dollar debt to the federal government that was hurting job growth in North Carolina. This bill is just one example of the difficult decisions that we have to make this term. We have carefully considered these pieces of legislation that we are discussing and voting on to make sure that we are making the best decisions for you.
This week Governor McCrory also signed Senate Bill 14 to increase opportunities for students to receive a high-quality career and technical education and equips them to be better prepared for the workforce. We have passed legislation to allow patients with mental illness living in group homes to stay there for the time being after federal changes to Medicaid eligibility but them at risk. We are continuing to make import decisions and work for solutions that the citizens of North Carolina are facing. We are going to look at tax reform that will make North Carolina more competitive economically with our neighbors, pass legislation protecting the election process, and continue to push to remove outdated regulations that stifle job creation.
On Wednesday the House Finance Committee voted to approve house Bill 101, sponsored by Representative Susan Martin, which would eliminate the death tax in North Carolina. The death tax is the process by which a deceased individual’s assets may be taxed upon their death. It is an unfair tax that hurts farmers and family business and punishes growth, success, and hard work. In the Southeast United States current North Carolina and Tennessee are the only states that have a death tax and Tennessee is allowing theirs to expire in 2016. The federal government changed the rules for the death tax in their recent “fiscal cliff” legislation, which in effect changed our existing tax into a net tax increase. We want to protect the citizens of North Carolina and eliminate this tax from hurting us and our local businesses.
On Tuesday I was able to meet with both the North Carolina Economic Developers Association and the North Carolina’s Eastern Region Chambers of Commerce. Sheila Pearce was with the North Carolina Economic Developers Association and it was great spending time and talking with her. At the Legislative Breakfast for the North Carolina’s Eastern Region Chambers of Commerce it was great to spend time with Million Heir-Williams and Janet Bowen to discuss their concerns and suggestions regarding legislation that will help improve our district. Also on Wednesday night I attended the North Carolina Hospital’s reception.
As always, please feel free to contact my office with any questions, comments, or concerns that you might have. I enjoy hearing your input as I continue to make decisions to help all of the people of North Carolina. If you wish to stop receiving this newsletter email us back and let us know so that we can take you off of our mailing list.
Rep. Phil Shepard
|Committees for the 2013-2014 Session