The Republican led legislature has made great strides in reducing corporate and personal income tax rates. This reduction in tax rates has made us more competitive with surrounding states and has helped our “Carolina Comeback.” Representative Scott Stone has been proud to cast votes which continued to lower tax rates so we can make North Carolina the most competitive state in the country for businesses and individual taxpayers. Scott will also fight against tax policies which are divisive or pit one part of the state against another. His leadership on fiscal issues led the American Conservative Union to name Scott among legislators earning its prestigious “Award for Conservative Excellence.” In addition to being in the top tier of this ranking, he was one of only 17 members of the House to earn a perfect 100% score.
As a business executive who has managed multi-million dollar budgets, Scott knows how to control costs and implement market approaches to increase revenues – without tax increases. He will bring his business background to the General Assembly to ensure common sense, fiscally responsible solutions for the spending of your money.
Scott is the proud dad to two daughters who graduated from Ardrey Kell High School and has served on the NC House K-12 Education Committee. He has seen first-hand how thoughtful leadership can make a difference in improving the state’s education system.
The most recent state budget, which Scott is proud to have supported, provides another much needed raises to our teachers – the 5th raise in past 5 years. The average teacher raise over past 2 years was 9%, and almost 20% over past 5 years. While we are on the right track, we still have much work to do.
Scott will continue to fight for budgets which will recruit and retain North Carolina’s best teachers by paying them the compensation they deserve. We must continue to drive graduation rates higher. Scott believes strongly in providing a pathway to career opportunities through Apprenticeships / Internships which can help keep kids in school.
In addition to the state’s crucial K-12 schools, our 16 campus University of North Carolina system must continue to be among the top college systems in the country. Scott will fight to ensure that these universities continue to thrive while also keeping costs affordable. Scott is not just a political and business leader on education issues. His daughters currently attend UNC Chapel Hill and NC State.
In addition to having served as a member of the NC House Transportation Committee, Scott is a licensed professional engineer with expertise in transportation and infrastructure issues. He understands the detailed policy issues associated with highway planning and construction. With $40 billion in identified but unfunded infrastructure improvements on NCDOT’s project list, now is as important as ever to stretch every dollar. We also need to improve efficiencies in areas where it makes common sense to do so. Scott called on the DMV to implement improvements to their systems which could save time and money. While these savings are not the big pot of money we need to build the large number of new roads that we need, the state must continue to find ways to increase efficiency and serve our citizens in new ways.