October Legislative Newsletter from Senator Neal Hunt

Senator Neal Hunt discusses the successes of the Republican General Assembly
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    LEGISLATIVE NEWSLETTER October 23, 2014 When Republicans took the majority in 2011, we were dealt a bad hand of cards:    North Carolina’s unemployment rate was the fourth highest in the nation at 11%;   Businesses were shutting their doors;   The federal government shoved the Affordable Care Act down our throats before we could even tell what was in it;   Our state was $2.5 billion in debt;   Our state retirement system was underfunded;   Our state health plan was near bankruptcy;   Teacher salaries were frozen; and,   Teachers were being furloughed; When we took the majority, North Carolinians expected us to merge our state off the economic stagnation highway. I believe we have done just that, and new employment numbers prove it. Just in the past four years we’ve made significant reforms that will move our state in a positive direction.   Republicans cut taxes for ALL  North Carolina families and businesses o   We cut taxes for every North Carolinian at every income level , despite the misleading claims that we only cut taxes for “ millionaire yacht owners; ”   o  We reformed taxes to one flat rate by reducing the state personal income tax rate from 7.75 percent to 5.8 percent; o  We cut the corporate tax rate from 6.9 percent to 5 percent to encourage businesses to relocate or stay in North Carolina; SENATOR NEAL HUNT Proudly Representing Wake County in the North Carolina Senate 15  th  District LEGISLATIVE OFFICE  300 N. Salisbury Street, Room 309 Raleigh, NC 27603 (919)733-5850  DISTRICT OFFICE  2600 Fairview Road Raleigh, NC 27608 (919)781-3464  o  We capped the state gas tax to 37.5 cents/gallon; and, o  We eliminated the death tax.   Republicans streamlined state government spending and brought fiscal responsibility   Republicans spent more on public education in our most recent budget than at any other point in state history o  We spent nearly $1 billion more on K-12 public education since taking the majority (2010 Budget spent $7.3 billion on education, 2014 Budget spends $8.1 billion) o  We provide funding for more teachers in the classroom   The Budget funded 6,788 teachers in Wake County last year and 6,977 teachers this year. This represents an increase of 189 teachers for Wake County.   Republicans raised teacher salaries for the first time in nearly a decade o  We passed a budget that gives teachers an average 7 percent pay increase   Republicans passed major education reforms to strengthen student literacy, improve graduation rates, and provide school choice    Republicans reformed our state’s  broken unemployment insurance program o  We had to do something to curb our $2.5 billion debt to the federal government that was brought about by years of mismanagement;  STANDING COMMITTEES  Appropriations, Co-Chair Commerce Finance Health Care Program Evaluation Redistricting Transportation VOTING RECORD BILLS INTRODUCED   o  We reformed the system to bring us out of debt by 2016  –  freeing up capital and providing certainty for businesses to create jobs; o  We have already cut our debt in half.   Republicans reformed our regulatory environment and cut red tape   Republicans listened to the majority of North Carolinians by passing a common sense voter ID law With all this said, is North Carolina where it needs to be? No. There’s still much more work that needs to be done. However, there’s no doubt in my mind that Republicans have made significant steps that move us in the right direction. It’s all in the data:   North Carolina is the second fastest job producing state in the nation    North Carolina’s unemployment rate is one of the fastest dropping in the nation   North Carolina has created over 200,000 jobs since 2011 Early voting begins on October 23 rd  and runs to November 1 st . Election Day is November 4 th .   THANK YOU  It has truly been a pleasure to serve you in the North Carolina Senate! If I can be of any assistance to you, please do not hesitate to contact my office. Sincerely, Neal Hunt You are receiving this email because you expressed interest in the activities of Senator Neal Hunt and the North Carolina Senate. Unsubscribe from this list Newsletter inquiries 
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