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In 1893, the North Carolina General Assembly adopted the Latin words “Esse Quam Videri” as our state’s motto, which means “To Be, Rather Than To Seem.” This motto is as important today as it has ever been at any time in the past century. As a state, we need to work together to tackle challenges that most all would agree should be top priorities. If we can set politics aside, we can make tremendous strides in setting North Carolina on a course for long-term success. This will take Legislative Leadership.
Reasonable Taxes – The Republican led legislature has made great strides in reducing corporate and personal income tax rates, including providing a tax cut to working families. This reduction in tax rates has made us more competitive with surrounding states and has helped our “Carolina Comeback.” We must also have tax policies which are not divisive or pit one part of the state against another.
Prioritize Investment in Infrastructure – As one of the state’s fastest growing areas, we need to ensure that the area around the “Southern Loop” gets a reasonable portion of NCDOT’s investment. We continue to experience population and traffic growth throughout South Charlotte and Pineville, and that growth must be followed by expanded infrastructure.
Teacher Pay – Recent Republican crafted state budgets provided much needed raises to our teachers to an average salary of more than $50,000. For several decades, Democratic governors and Democratic led General Assemblies had held teacher pay to unacceptably low levels. While we are on the right track, we still have much work to do. We must ensure that we recruit and retain North Carolina’s best teachers by paying them the compensation they deserve.
Focus on At-Risk Students – We must continue to drive graduation rates higher. Providing a pathway to career opportunities through Apprenticeships / Internships can help keep kids in school. Also, as a state, we all must ensure that every student is reading at grade level by Grade 3. Being behind in reading makes it difficult for kids to be successful in all subjects, for the rest of the school years.
Competitive Jobs Environment – We need to keep a focus on job recruitment and retention. A competitive business environment, coupled with a great quality of life and the nation’s best airport, will keep more companies relocating and expanding in South Charlotte and across North Carolina.
Prioritize Spending – Continue to focus spending on key budget items which are core state government functions. Transportation, education, and public safety are the areas of highest priority for public dollars.