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NC Senate District 18
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North Carolina Senate District 18 is a competative district made up of Franklin Co. and eastern Wake. It is currently served by Sen. Barefoot, a religious fundamentalist and Tea Party favorite.
The Art Pope funded political organization Civitas reports that 70% (67,843) of the district's voters live in Wake County, with 30% (28,541) living in Franklin. I think those numbers are more like 88,500 (69%) Wake and 39,500 (31%) Franklin Co.
Clearly 7 out of 10 voters in this district are Wake County voters.
Here's a quick take on what Jensen thinks the polling shows:
Senate District 18, Chad Barefoot, Wake Forest: Another virtual tie with a lawmaker who has higher unfavorable ratings than favorable but with most of those polled unsure about him.
From the Senator's own newsletter
Dear District 18 Constituents,
The General Assembly has adjourned from one of the most productive sessions in North Carolina history. I ensured you that we would renew the fight to revive North Carolina’s economy and reform state government. We did. Thank you for sending me your questions, concerns, suggestions, and encouragement throughout the session. It is an honor to serve as your state senator. I have discussed below some of the highlights from this past session.
Following months of hard work, the Governor, Senate and House have reached a historic agreement on tax reform. The plan simplifies the state’s 1930s Depression-era tax code, provides major tax relief to all North Carolinians and makes the state far more attractive to job-creating businesses. It cuts taxes by more than $1 billion in the first three years alone. What does the tax reform do?
- Reduces the state personal income tax rate from the current maximum of 7.75 percent to a flat 5.8 percent in 2014 and 5.75 percent in 2015.
- Increases the standard deduction for all taxpayers, applied to the: First $15,000 of income for those married filing jointly, first $12,000 of income for heads of household, first $7,500 of income for single filers.
- Retains the state child tax credit and increases it for families making less than $40,000.
- Makes charitable contributions fully deductible.
- Reduces the corporate income tax from 6.9 to 6.0 percent in 2014 and then to 5.0 percent in 2015. If the state meets revenue targets, it will then go down to 4.0 percent in 2016 and 3.0 percent in 2017.
- Caps the state gas tax.
- Eliminates North Carolina’s death tax.
- Protects Social Security benefits from state taxes.
- Preserves the sales tax refund for all nonprofits.
- Benefits local governments by allowing them to come out ahead. This should allow them to cut property taxes.
This plan immediately moves our state from 44th in the national rankings to the 17th best business tax climate in America. Small businesses will benefit from the lowered personal income tax, and corporations will be more inclined to move to our state with a lowered corporate income tax. This will create jobs, and broaden our tax base so that all North Carolinians will pay less in taxes.
Another important facet in creating jobs is the Regulatory Reform Act of 2013. This legislation will improve North Carolina’s regulatory environment, eliminate excessive red tape that chokes small businesses, and makes our state more attractive to do business.
For our rural communities, we ended the blatant misuse of tax dollars at the N.C. Rural Center and launched a new, accountable Rural Economic Development Division within the state Department of Commerce to invest in rural communities without regard to their political connections.
We asked the executive branch to develop a comprehensive plan for Medicaid reform over the next several months. Although Republicans have reined in most out-of-control state spending, a condemning audit of North Carolina’s Medicaid program confirmed billions of dollars in cost overruns every year are diverting funds away from core priorities like education and public safety.
That’s also why we opted out of participation in the costly provisions of Obamacare, including Medicaid expansion and implementation of a state-based insurance exchange.
Finally, we passed major health care reform legislation to improve medical billing fairness and transparency, reduce health care costs and help consumers make better-informed decisions about their treatment.
We passed a hugely popular, common-sense law that requires North Carolinians to show a photo ID when they vote.
An Elon University poll from earlier this year showed that over 72 percent of North Carolina residents support requiring voters to show photo ID before being allowed to vote.
This measure restores confidence in our election process and ensures voters are who they say they are is a no-brainer. Our action brought North Carolina in line with more than 30 other states that already require voter ID.
Last year, the General Assembly initiated needed reforms to public education in North Carolina. But there was still a lot more work left to do. That’s why we introduced a second major education reform package to build on the positive changes that were made last year.
It invests over $300 million more in our public schools than the budget we passed last session. That means we’re spending $7.9 billion on our K-12 system – or roughly 56% of our state’s budget.
North Carolina has some of the finest teachers in the country. We want to recognize and reward those teachers with a pay for excellence system. Our commitment to implementing a pay for excellence system includes $10.2 million to fund annual pay raises, and will be a great additional benefit for the most effective teachers.
Parents will be able to clearly identify high-performing, average and struggling schools in overall student achievement through a transparent system that grades schools on a 0 to 100 numerical scale with a corresponding letter grade of A to F.
We increased accountability in the classroom by employing teachers through contracts that are renewed based on job performance. The current tenure system fosters mediocrity and discourages excellence by granting unlimited job security to all who teach a few years.
The overhaul of the North Carolina Highway Trust Fund was an important step for our highways which will significantly improve how we invest in North Carolina’s infrastructure needs. It also allows us to accelerate transportation projects across the state, in every region and in our local communities
In The Community
Wake Forest Chamber of Commerce
I enjoyed meeting with Marla Akridge, James Holding, Holden McLemore, and Mary Yount of the Wake Forest Chamber of Commerce at the General Assembly and discussing the issues facing their community. It is always a pleasure to have constituents from the district visit the office.
Louisburg Lions Club
I appreciated the opportunity to meet and speak with the members of the Louisburg Lions Club during this session. It was a tremendous honor to engage with such great community leaders and hear their concerns firsthand. We discussed the upcoming budget, tax reform and education reform.
Town of Garner named 2013 All-America City
Congratulations to the Town of Garner on being named an All-American City! The National Civic League recognizes ten communities each year for outstanding civic accomplishments. All-America Cities have shown the ability to innovate in such areas as job creation, neighborhood revitalization, crime reduction, new housing for low income people, improving education, and engaging youth. I was able to discuss these issues with them at the General Assembly, and congratulate them for their outstanding accomplishment.
Wake Forest Chamber of Commerce Day
I had a great opportunity to meet with local officials from The Town of Wake Forest as well as the Wake Forest Chamber of Commerce to discuss economic development. We toured 3 Phoenix, a small business focused on providing technology products and services to the Department of Defense.
AT&T Raises Awareness about Texting and Driving
AT&T representatives came to Garner to preview their simulator that shows what could happen if drivers try to text while driving. I want to thank AT&T, The Garner Chamber of Commerce and The Town of Garner for helping to raise awareness about the dangers of texting behind the wheel. For the WTVD story, click the link below:
Garner Chamber of Commerce “CONNECT Conference 2013”
It was a great afternoon and evening at this year’s Garner Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner. We discussed how current legislation will affect their town and what issues we can improve. We also celebrated the town for winning the All American City Award. Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker and Transportation Secretary Tony Tata were on hand to celebrate the town’s great achievements.
Senate Page Program
The Senate Page Program is an excellent opportunity for teenagers to participate in the lawmaking process. Pages get the first-hand experience of how bills are introduced, discussed in committee meetings, and voted on by the Senate before being delivered to the Governor's desk for his signature. It is an exciting adventure that Page’s remember for the rest of their lives. This session, I have had the pleasure of hosting a number of Pages from Wake and Franklin Counties.
- · Wake County Citizens’ Energy Advisory Commission
- · Council on Educational Services for Exceptional Children
- · Board of Directors of the Public School Forum of North Carolina
- · Education Committee of the Southern Legislative Conference of the Council of State Governments
Vulnerable - freshman, narrow 2010 victory, far too conservative for his blue/purple seat