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Rep. Scott Stone to Seek Reelection in 2018

Stone Seeks Reelection

Rep. Scott Stone, who represents parts of south Charlotte and Pineville in Mecklenburg County, confirmed that he will seek reelection in 2018.

“During the past two years, I have been proud to work on behalf of the people of North Carolina to continue to move our state forward,” said Stone. “We still have important work to do to ensure that North Carolina is well positioned for economic opportunities during the next few years, while continuing to enhance the quality of life of all of our citizens.”

Stone serves on several key committees which are important to Mecklenburg County including: Transportation, Education K-12, Energy & Public Utilities, Finance, Banking, Environment, and Alcoholic Beverage Control. During the 2017 Session, he was the primary sponsor of a variety of primary pieces of legislation including some for which he served as the lead author. During the “Long Session” he cast 937 recorded votes which included everything from the budget, education reforms, transportation initiatives, and healthcare policy.

The legislative maps which will dictate the districts from which all members of the General Assembly will be elected are still being decided by the Courts. It is expected that final decisions on maps will come within the next few weeks as filing for the 2018 elections begin in February.

Forbes Ranks North Carolina #1 For Business

20150418_204634Forbes says North Carolina is the best state for business. The magazine in its annual ranking cited key areas of business costs, labor supply, regulatory environment, economic climate, growth prospects & quality of life for the reason for North Carolina is in the top spot. These elements are a direct result of the pro-growth reforms enacted by the Republican-led North Carolina General Assembly during the past several years. Read Article: HERE

0005_JTH_1217This is why more and more companies are choosing to move or expand in NC. Rep Stone has made this one of his top priorities in the NC House. His support for a business-friendly environment is demonstrated by the fact that he was ranked #14 out of 120 members of the NC House for pro-business initiatives with a 91.9% business-friendly voting record by the North Carolina Free Enterprise Foundation.

 

North Carolina Names Pineville Bridge After Fallen Fire Fighter

Firefighter Richard Sheltra

Firefighter Richard Sheltra

NORTH CAROLINA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

Representative Scott Stone
District 105 – Mecklenburg

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – October 5, 2017

Raleigh, NC – Today the North Carolina Board of Transportation unanimously approved the naming of the bridge on South Polk Street in honor of fallen firefighter Richard Sheltra of Pineville. Rep. Scott Stone (R- Mecklenburg), who represents a portion of Pineville, and Pineville Mayor Jack Edwards submitted a request earlier this year to honor the fallen hero by naming the recently completed Pineville bridge after him. Sheltra was only 20 years old when he gave his life fighting a three-alarm fire caused by lightning last April.

“Richard Sheltra gave his life in service of his community,” said Rep. Scott Stone. “It is fitting that he be remembered for this sacrifice.”

Rep. Stone thanks members of the Department of Transportation, Governor Cooper’s staff, and all those who helped facilitate this memorial. The honor is timely because this weekend is the Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend, where Richard Sheltra will be on the 2017 Roll of Honor. Read his entry here.

“I’m grateful to all those who have supported this effort over the past year,” said Pineville Mayor Jack Edwards. “I am proud that Pineville will have a permanent memorial to Richard Sheltra.”

Tennessee Company to Relocated HQ to south Charlotte

SSNN (002)Nasdaq-traded NN, Inc is relocating its corporate HQ to Waverly in the heart of south Charlotte. With its move to North Carolina, NN will create 200 jobs with an average salary of almost $140,000. This announcements is the first major employer to take space in the new “work-live-play” area of South Providence, which includes the new Rea Farms and Waverly developments between Ardrey Kell Road and I-485.

Rep. Stone is proud to represent District 105 in the NC House which has more publicly traded HQs than any other in NC. With the announcement of NN, the list keeps growing!

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NC House Passes $23 Billion Budget

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The North Carolina House of Representatives passed as $23 Billion budget which makes significant investments in Educations, Transportation, and boosts the Rainy Day Fund to $1.84 Billion.

The budget provides tax relief for middle class North Carolinians, and increase education funding and teacher pay, and boosts the state “Rainy Day Fund” by $263 million to over $1.84 billion. While adding to savings, the budget is a 4.3% increase over FY 2016 – 2017. Highlights:

- Increases education funding by $700 million and provides the 4th consecutive year of increasing teacher pay. The average teacher salary increase is close to 10% over 2 years.

– Veteran teachers with 15 – 24 years of experience are getting the biggest raises – some increases as large as $5,700 over 2 years – as budgets gets them to the higher pay “step” sooner.

– Adds over $1B over 2 years for state employees including teachers, principals, highway patrol, magistrates and court clerks.

– Provides tax relief for middle-class families by increasing the standard deduction to $20,000 starting 2019. This means that families making less than $20,000 will pay no state income tax. There will be and additional 95,000 low-income families who will now be exempt from paying state income tax.

- Reduces the corporate tax rate on job creators from 3% to 2.5% starting in 2019, which is the lowest of any state which has a corporate tax.

- Reduces income tax rate for all individual North Carolinians and most small business from 5.75% to 5.25%.

– Reduces waiting list for Pre-K slots by 75% by adding funding for 3,525 additional students over 2 years.

– Invests an additional $320 million for Strategic Transportation Investments. These are many of the typical road improvement projects constructed by NCDOT.

– Provides $115 million to state’s 10 commercial airports – including Charlotte Douglas International Airport – to fund strategic capital projects.

– Provides an additional $100 million in disaster relief for eastern North Carolina related to Hurricane Matthew.

Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed the budget, and the General Assembly quickly overrode the veto.

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State Closes Ballantyne Day Care; Legislator Wants Criminal Charges Against Management

State Closes Ballantyne Day Care; Legislator Wants Criminal Charges Against Management

CHARLOTTE OBSERVER – March 16, 2017

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State officials suspended the license of a troubled Ballantyne day care center and a legislator called for criminal charges Thursday after a former teacher was accused of inappropriate contact with children. State Rep. Scott Stone, whose district includes the center, formally requested that District Attorney Andrew Murray seek criminal charges against Primrose School of Ballantyne’s management.

“This is just the latest in a series of violations for Primrose School of Ballantyne,” Stone said. “The management has shown considerable disregard for our most defenseless and innocent population and should be punished to the fullest extent of the law for their actions.”

0012_JTH_1365Stone requested the DA’s office prosecute four people at the school on child endangerment charges because they allowed former teacher Joseph Starnes to return as a care giver the day after management was informed of his actions.
The N.C. Division of Child Development and Early Education issued the summary suspension action Thursday against Primrose School of Ballantyne. The action requires the school, licensed to serve up to 186 children up to age 12, to close its doors at the end of the business day Thursday.

Division officials said they had “determined that Primrose School of Ballantyne is not a safe and healthy environment for children … and that emergency action is required to protect the health, safety and welfare of children.”

“We were really taken aback,” parent Abhay Kumar told WBTV, the Observer’s news partner, at Primrose Thursday morning. “We were shocked.”
Primrose told parents they hope to reopen soon, she said, but the parents might not come back.

“That’s a debatable question,” Kumar said.

On Thursday night, the national Primrose School chain announced it is terminating its franchise agreement with Ballantyne franchise owner Mary Schroeder.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the students and their families at this time,” CEO Jo Kirchner said in a statement. “These incidents are the kind that no parent should ever face. We take these allegations very seriously.”

Kirchner said the chain is “working diligently” to help parents find other day cares for their children. She referred all other questions about the case to police.

The school was in the news this week after Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police accused Starnes, 35, of “forcibly fondling” at least two boys at the south Charlotte school. Starnes was arrested on Friday and charged with six counts of indecent liberties with a child.

Police said they were notified on March 7 that an 8-year-old boy had been fondled at the school. During their investigation, CMPD detectives obtained information and evidence that a 7-year-old boy also had been fondled at the school in the 15900 block of Lancaster Highway.
The preschool has committed 16 child care violations since 2014, state records show.

State officials said the summary suspension is based upon school management’s failure to notify staff that a teacher was accused of inappropriately touching a child while working at the facility.

“Although the owner/administrator, the director and an assistant director had been informed of the allegations on March 6, 2017, they did not prevent the alleged perpetrator from caring for children for a portion of the day on March 7, 2017. Administration failed to ensure a safe environment for children by allowing the teacher to have access to children after being informed of the inappropriate touching,” said a statement from state officials.

“The teacher has since been arrested and charged with six counts of indecent liberties with a child. By failing to prevent the teacher from returning to the facility and allowing him contact with children, facility management exposed children to a significant risk of further harm.”

The preschool is rated one star in the state’s five-star ranking of day care centers, according to the N.C. Division of Child Development and Early Education. One star is the lowest rating.

State officials said they had issued two prior administrative actions against the center for noncompliance with state child care requirements, including supervision of children, discipline of children and criminal record checks.

Primrose was given a “special provisional license” effective Nov. 22 because of past violations, state records show. On Feb. 2, it improved to a one-star license.

No violations were found on an unannounced visit by the state on Feb. 7, but Primrose received a violation notice on an unannounced followup visit on Feb. 14. The violation was for not all staff providing test results before their employment showing they were free of active TB, state records show. Also, a staff member hired in August had TB test results older than 12 months.

The N.C. Division of Child Development and Early Education is charged with oversight of the safety of child care facilities.

Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/article138866818.html#storylink=cpy

Stone Starts Full Term in NC House

Scott Stone was sworn in as a member of the North Carolina House of Representatives this week following his November election. He continues the service that started last spring when he was appointed by Gov. McCrory to a vacancy. He represents District 105 of southern Mecklenburg County.

IMG_20170603_123121_processedIn the ceremonial activity that officially launched the 2017 “Long Session” the 120 House and 50 Senate member of the North Carolina General Assembly took the oath of office. With a 74-member majority in the House, Republicans selected the Chamber’s leadership for the biennium session, including electing Speaker Tim Moore to another term. As most members were joined by family members for the day, Scott’s oldest daughter made the short trip from UNC Chapel Hill to be at her dad’s side.

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Scott Stone appointed to vacant House seat

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Gov. Pat McCrory on Friday formally appointed Republican Scott Stone to the House seat that was vacated following last month’s resignation of Republican Rep. Jacqueline Schaffer.

Stone, a former Charlotte mayoral candidate, won the March 15 Republican primary in House District 105. He was chosen to fill the vacancy by party officials from the district.

Schaffer resigned to devote more time on business responsibilities.

Stone will be sworn in Monday night.

“It’s been a long time getting to this point,” he said. “There’s a lot of important business to do in these next few weeks.”

Stone, president of American Engineering, faces Democrat Connie Green-Johnson in November.

Jim Morrill

http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/politics-government/article77532687.html

 

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