Volume 2, Edition 9 – July 28, 2017
Chatham County GOP
Welcome to the 9th edition of your Chatham County GOP Newsletter. As always, we hope you are enjoying this publication. If you have any thoughts on how to make it more relevant to you, please let us know, and share this with your friends and neighbors!
In this special edition we highlight some of the many accomplishments from the past North Carolina legislative session along with President Trump’s first six months in office.
NC Senate Accomplishments*
- Adopted a balanced, fiscally responsible state budget that funds core services, strengthens public education, shores up savings reserves and grows North Carolina’s economy.
- Delivered major additional tax relief that will save middle class families and small businesses $530 million over the next two years. When fully implemented, the reductions will result in 99 percent of taxpayers either paying less or paying no state personal income taxes at all.
- Continued the business tax reforms that have helped create more than half a million new jobs since 2011 by further reducing corporate income tax rates and simplifying and cutting the franchise tax on small businesses.
- Increased funding for public education by more than $700 million over the next two years and continued major education reforms to reduce class sizes and ensure students receive the tools they need to succeed.
- Continued a multiple-year plan to dramatically increase teacher pay, providing teachers an average 3.3 percent raise this year and 9.6 percent raise over two years, while also ensuring they earn far more over the course of their careers. The Senate also provided substantial pay raises to school principals and assistant principals.
- Acted to make college far more affordable and accessible by fully funding the N.C. Promise Program, which guarantees in-state undergraduate students at three schools across the state pay just $500 per semester for tuition.
- Ensured the state is well-prepared for the future by increasing the rainy day fund to its highest total ever. The savings reserve is now at $1.838 billion, the highest figure in state history. Lawmakers also increased the amount of state funds automatically going into savings each year.
- Provided an additional $100 million in needed disaster relief assistance to families and communities devastated by Hurricane Matthew.
- Passed sweeping changes to the state’s burdensome regulatory environment to cut through red tape that chokes off economic growth.
- Passed and sent the House a measure to deter ‘sanctuary cities’ in North Carolina by creating penalties for local governments, law enforcement agencies and public universities that defy federal and state laws against illegal immigration.
- Helped combat the opioid addiction crisis by passing the STOP Act to ensure highly-addictive prescription drugs are responsibly administered and not over-prescribed. Lawmakers also directed $10 million toward statewide opioid and substance abuse treatment.
- Helped ensure our state ethics and elections laws are enforced fairly by creating a bipartisan ethics and elections enforcement board with appointments evenly split between the two major political parties in the state.
- Invested hundreds of millions of additional dollars for transportation, including a $320 million increase to the Strategic Transportation Investments Program (STIP) to allow 100 new highway projects to be built over a ten-year period, improving mobility and safety, reducing congestion and spurring economic development. In addition, hundreds of structurally deficient bridges will be replaced and thousands of miles of roads resurfaced.
- Allocated more than $100 million in lottery funds to assist economically struggling, rural counties with critical public school building needs.
- Strengthened laws against human trafficking and laws to increase awareness of the warning signs of trafficking.
- Joined 47 other states with modernized ABC laws, helping boost the state’s restaurant and tourism industry.
- Created a new North Carolina Teaching Fellows program to attract and retain new teachers to low-performing schools and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math courses.
President Trump’s first six months
Supreme Court: President Trump fulfilled his promise to the American people by nominating and, after Senate confirmation, appointing Neil Gorsuch as an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court.
Ethics: President Trump signed an Executive Order implementing tough new lobbying standards for political appointees, including a five-year ban on lobbying and a lifetime ban on lobbying for foreign countries. The American Action Forum estimates a potential $70 billion in costs reductions from President Trump’s actions to cut back regulations.
Government: President Trump created the Office of American Innovation to streamline and improve the Government for future generations. President Trump has signed 14 Congressional Review Act resolutions into law, ending burdensome Obama-era rules and regulations, more than all other Presidents combined. In order to control regulatory costs, President Trump signed an Executive Order mandating that for every one new regulation, two old regulations must be eliminated.
Economy: President Trump signed the “Buy American and Hire American” Executive Order, prioritizing the interests of American businesses and workers. Another Executive Order makes it easier for businesses to start and expand apprenticeship programs.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average has increased 17 percent since election day, hitting new highs 25 times this year already. Since January, the economy added 821,000 private-sector jobs.
By withdrawing from the Paris Climate Accord, President Trump protected America from a bad deal that would have harmed our economy. The Obama Administration’s obligations under the Paris Climate Accord could have cost the United States economy nearly $3 trillion. Additionally, 6.5 million industrial sector jobs could have been lost, including 3.1 million manufacturing sector jobs.
Energy: President Trump’s Treasury Department published updated guidance to allow the United States to export coal. His administration expedited the permitting and approval processes of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) terminals and exports, including the approval of the Lake Charles LNG terminal in Louisiana, and approved the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines, creating over 42,000 jobs and $2 billion in earnings. President Trump signed an Executive Order mandating future pipeline work to be done by American workers and with American steel. President Trump kept his campaign promise to coal miners and rolled back the previous Administration’s “Stream Protection Rule,” which targeted the beleaguered industry with estimated costs of at least $81 million a year.
Trade: One of President Trump’s first actions was to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, after the Obama Administration’s efforts failed to protect American workers. President Trump announced he will renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) to better reflect our modern economy while benefitting all parties so involved. The President has began the process of renegotiating the United States-Korea Free Trade Agreement. Negotiations President Trump started with China on economic cooperation have already produced results for American businesses. For the first time in 14 years, American beef imports have returned to China.
Cuba: President Trump delivered on his campaign promise to roll back the Obama Administration’s bad deal on Cuba that benefitted the Cuban regime at the expense of the Cuban people.
Immigration: President Trump instituted tough immigration policies that have reduced illegal border crossings by 53 percent compared to the same time last year. The President ordered the hiring of 10,000 new Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers, including 5,000 additional border patrol agents. Within the first 100 days of President Trump signing his executive orders on immigration enforcement, ICE conducted nearly 40 percent more Enforcement and Removal Operations compared to the same time last year. Arrests of convicted criminal aliens climbed by nearly 20 percent in this time compared to the same time last year. To jumpstart construction on the border wall, the President ordered the Department of Homeland Security to use $100 million of unspent appropriations in its account for border security, fencing and infrastructure. President Trump directed executive agencies to employ all lawful means to enforce the immigration laws of the United States, including clamping down on sanctuary cities. President Trump ordered the creation of the Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement (VOICE) office at DHS, ensuring that our Government can no longer ignore the victims of criminal acts by illegal aliens.
Veterans: The Department of Veterans Affairs fired over 500 employees, suspended 200, and demoted 33, as part of President Trump’s efforts to restore integrity and accountability to a department charged with supporting our Nation’s heroes. 22 senior leaders were disciplined. President Trump signed the Veterans Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act, enabling senior Veterans Affairs officials to fire failing employees while establishing important safeguards to protect whistleblowers.
National Security: During his historic speech in Poland, President Trump reasserted that America would defend its interests and allies after years of neglect by the previous Administration. President Trump has increased pressure on Iran to end its destructive and destabilizing actions in the Middle East, including its continued ballistic missile research. The Department of the Treasury sanctioned over 25 entities and individuals involved in Iran’s ballistic missile program, ensuring our ability to monitor potentially malicious actors while preventing future acts of terrorism. President Trump has allowed the military to push back against threats to our interests and allies. In his first six months, President Trump worked with our partners and allies in the Middle East to defeat ISIS, leading to Iraqi forces recapturing Mosul. After the Syrian regime used chemical weapons against civilians, President Trump authorized strikes against the airbase that launched the chemical attacks, demonstrating our national commitment to preventing further atrocities. President Trump has lifted restrictions that had prevented the Secretary of Defense and our commanders in the field from fully using their judgement and expertise.
We can’t hardly wait to see what great things the next six months will bring!
Our Team has wrapped up the legislative session and we all want make sure you know about the reforms that were passed this year for families and small businesses. Highlights are included in this news letter. Its unfortunate that Governor Cooper fought most of the reforms despite his campaigning on them last year. He even veto’d the bipartisan state budget, which included major tax cuts for middle class families, teacher pay raises, tools to recruit new jobs, and hurricane relief.
Your continued support during the legislative session was critical to overcoming Governor Cooper’s obstruction, and stopping his attempts to raise our taxes and force progressive liberal values on North Carolina families.
We also have a a section on how the first 6 months of the Trump administration is going. We are off to a great start but flying into headwinds.
Locally we are starting to gear up for our fall set of events. We have an invite only event out in Oakland, titled Conversations with Kelly Walker on September 7th @ the Oakland Farm Venue. Register at http://www.chathamncgop.com/kelly_walker_conversations.
Our fall event will be on Sept 26th or Oct 3rd at the Barn in Fearrington. Please put these dates on your calendar.
Our Volunteer page has been updated. We do need your support, please visit our page and let us know what kind of activities you can help with.
I’m hoping to see you around the county, and at our events.
Chair Chatham County Republican Party
phone: 919 533 6215
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