Edgecombe County – Visit Rep. Shelly Willingham Webpage For Updates

#Princeville NC, first incorporated town established by former slaves in the US, now under water from flooding in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. Rep. Shelly Willingham, Congressman GK Butterfield, Tarboro Fire Chief , Edgecombe County Commissioner Viola Harris.

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Law Enforcement Officials and the North Carolina Legislative Black Caucus met in Raleigh on Tuesday August 16, 2016 to discuss the most effective practices in law enforcement training

 

 

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Shelly Willingham

N.C. House of Representatives

300 N Salisbury Street, #501

Raleigh, North Carolina 27603

(919) 715-3024

(919) 754-3224 (fax)

shellyw@ncleg.net

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Representative Shelly Willingham

        Dedicated to District 23

August 18,2016

 

DISTRICT 23

Edgecombe

Martin

 

COMMITTEES

Agriculture

Alcoholic Beverage Control

Appropriations

Appropriations –   Information Technology

Banking

Education-Universities

Elections

Judiciary IV

 

The audio legislative session is available at http://www.ncleg.net.  Select “Audio and then House or Senate Chamber, Appropriations Committee Room or Press Conference Room

 

 

 

DISTRICT DISPATCH

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RALEIGH & THE STATE

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North Carolina Communities Receive

$127 Million for Water Projects

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Raleigh, N.C. – Governor Pat McCrory’s environmental agency awarded $127 million in loans and grants today that will help North Carolina towns pay for 70 drinking water and wastewater infrastructure projects.  Since January 2014, the state has provided more than $695 million for similar projects.  Additionally, more than $300 million will be awarded through the Connect NC bond.

 

“Reliable infrastructure is crucial to protecting public health, improving quality of life, and providing economic opportunities in all of our communities,” said Governor McCrory. “These projects will enhance water quality and pave the way for economic growth in towns across the state.”

 

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Law Enforcement Officials and the North Carolina Legislative Black Caucus met in Raleigh on Tuesday August 16, 2016 to discuss the most effective practices in law enforcement training.  More here: http://www.wral.com/north-carolina-cops-accountability-trust-improve-relations/15934647/#rCZyTaOhcP3yv8MR.99

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From The Office Of Representative Shelly Willingham

 

 

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Shelly Willingham

N.C. House of Representatives

300 N Salisbury Street, #501

Raleigh, North Carolina 27603

(919) 715-3024

(919) 754-3224 (fax)

shellyw@ncleg.net

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Representative Shelly Willingham

        Dedicated to District 23

May 12, 2016

 

DISTRICT 23

Edgecombe

Martin

 

COMMITTEES

Agriculture

Alcoholic Beverage Control

Appropriations

Appropriations –   Information Technology

Banking

Education-Universities

Elections

Judiciary IV

 

The audio legislative session is available at http://www.ncleg.net.  Select “Audio and then House or Senate Chamber, Appropriations Committee Room or Press Conference Room

 

 

 

 

HOUSE DISTRICT 23

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REPRESENTATIVE WILLINGHAM on receiving the GREEN TIE clip_image006Award on May 11, 2016.  The GREEN TIE Award recognizes rising stars at the General Assembly.  These rising stars are voices that North Carolina citizens can count on to ensure the environment is a priority, particularly when there are difficult decisions and conflicting interests.

 

RALEIGH & THE STATE

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REPORT: HB2 Could Cost $5B a Year

North Carolina’s controversial House Bill 2 could cost the state almost $5 billion a year, according to a report Wednesday from the Williams Institute, a UCLA School of Law think tank that focuses on sexual orientation and gender identity law and public policy. Most of the economic hit would come from the loss of federal funding, since the U.S. government has said HB2 is a violation of the U.S. Civil Rights Act and Title IX. The report, however, also took into account the loss of business investment, reduced travel and tourism, the costs of litigation and enforcement, as well as costs associated with high school dropouts, workplace discrimination, health disparities, productivity loss, retention and recruitment.  Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/business/article76997927.html

NC, US Justice Department File Dueling HB2 Lawsuits

North Carolina and the Justice Department announced dueling lawsuits Monday over the state’s “bathroom bill,” which has become the epicenter of a larger fight over transgender rights. The two complaints, filed several hours apart, took opposing sides in the debate over the law, which bans transgender people from using bathrooms that don’t match the gender on their birth certificates. While the state said its law does not discriminate against transgender people or treat transgender employees differently from non-transgender employees, the Justice Department’s civil rights office said the measure is discriminatory and violates civil rights.  Read more here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2016/05/09/north-carolina-justice-dept-face-monday-deadline-for-bathroom-bill/

 

Lobbyists: NCGOP Pressuring Us to Be Quiet on HB2

While Republican state leaders have complained about being “bullied” by the federal government over House Bill 2, lobbyists in Raleigh tell WRAL News they and the businesses they represent are being bullied by state lawmakers seeking to silence business opposition to the new law.  Lobbyists say they’ve been told – either directly by legislative leaders or by lawmakers’ staff – that, if they or the businesses they represent speak out publicly against House Bill 2, they can expect retribution from House and Senate leaders. Legislation they want won’t move, and other bills could actually target them. WRAL News spoke with 11 lobbyists who have experienced or are aware of such actions, but none would speak on the record for fear they would lose business or be targeted for retribution. One has already lost business. One long-time lobbyist called the pressure a “gross abuse of power.” Another veteran lobbyist labeled it “vicious,” adding, “I’ve never seen anything like it.”  Read more here: http://www.wral.com/lobbyists-lawmakers-seek-to-quiet-hb2-opponents/15698344/

 

Legislative Leaders Set Budget Target

The House and Senate haven’t yet announced details about their budget plans. House budget subcommittees have been meeting this week, and Dollar has said he hopes to have his chamber’s proposal ready in the coming weeks. Agreeing on a spending target early in the process could help avoid the lengthy budget impasse lawmakers faced last year, when the final budget wasn’t approved until nearly three months after the fiscal year began. In 2015, the House passed a budget that increased spending by 5 percent, while the Senate’s budget bill had a 2 percent spending increase. It took weeks of negotiations to arrive at a $21.74 billion budget target, which was a 3.1 percent increase. This year’s budget will bring a smaller increase in state spending, and the decision drew praise from the conservative Americans For Prosperity.  Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article75653822.html

 

NC House Raises Penalties for Drunk Boating

The House voted unanimously Thursday to increase the penalty for impaired boat operators who seriously injure or kill someone. House Bill 958 is named after Sheyenne Marshall, a Cabarrus County teenager who was killed on Lake Norman on July 4, 2015. “Sheyenne Marshall was a very beautiful 17-year-old young lady with a love for life and a lot going for her,” said bill sponsor Rep. Larry Pittman, R-Cabarrus. “She was on a kneeboard, and a boater who was drunk nearly hit the boat. He swerved to miss the boat but ran over her and killed her.  “The sentencing for this act is way out of proportion to if the same thing had been done with a car. What’s the difference?” Pittman asked. Under current law, boating while impaired is a Class 2 misdemeanor.

Read more here: http://www.wral.com/house-raises-penalties-for-drunk-boating-/15699882/

 

 

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Rep. Shelly Willingham Newsletter – Thursday May 28, 2015

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Rep. Shelly Willingham

N.C. House of Representatives

501 N Salisbury Street, #501

Raleigh, North Carolina 27603

(919) 715-3024

(919) 754-3224 (fax)

shellyw@ncleg.net

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Representative Shelly Willingham

Dedicated to District 23

May 28, 2015

DISTRICT 23

Edgecombe

Martin

COMMITTEES

Agriculture

Alcoholic Beverage Control

Appropriations

Appropriations –   Information Technology

Banking

Education-Universities

Elections

Judiciary IV

HOUSE & SENATE COMMITTEE MEETINGS & SESSION INFO:

www.ncleg.net

HOUSE BUDGET SUMMARY

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13 of 18 Democratic Amendments Adopted Mitigate Damage in House Budget

RALEIGH, NC – House Democrats successfully added the majority of their amendments, that made it to a vote on the House budget.   Democrats offered 18 amendments that were voted on and 13 of the 18 were adopted.

“We were able to mitigate some of the damage in this budget through our amendments that passed on the floor.  The budget should have reflected the priorities of the people of North Carolina yet it fails to retain our best teachers.    Sadly, it fails to raise incomes for middle-class families, fails to recruit new jobs, and – after losing Volvo to South Carolina – fails to make North Carolina competitive,” said Democratic Leader Larry Hall.

“The budget does not address the needs of the majority of the people in this state.   Republicans made devastating cuts in the last several budgets and this budget does not repair that damage. Contrary to claims of support for education, this budget failed to put teacher assistants back into our classrooms.   These micro increases that do not completely restore or surpass support levels prior to Republican cuts do not materially support education, our economy, or the needs of the people.”

Adopted Democratic Floor Amendments:

· Lottery Funds to supplement, not supplant, public education funding

· Disclosure on Use of Lottery Proceeds

· Corner Store Initiative – “Healthy Food Small Retailers”

· $200k of UNC funds to be used for repairs to World War Memorial Stadium at NC A&T State University

· Repeal Closing of Department of Revenue Rocky Mount Call Center

· Joint Study of Justice and Public Safety and Behavioral Health

· Targeted Case Management Services Pilot Program

· Report of Hospice Residential Beds

· Residential Hospice Funds used for non-profit and publicly funded hospice related care facilities

· Grants for Body-Worn Video Cameras for Law Enforcement Agencies

· Collaboration with State Board of Education with Regional Education Service Alliances

· Workers’ Compensation Claims

· DOT funds allocated to each county based on pavement condition scores

House Budget Faces Uncertain Future

McCrory proposed a $21.5 billion General Fund budget for 2015-16, and $22.2 billion for 2016-17. The House budget is set at $22.2 billion the first year and $22.4 billion the second. The chamber’s plan is a 6.3 percent increase for the biennium over the 2014-15 budget.  Asked for a reaction to the House proposal, McCrory spokesman Rick Martinez responded, “The governor stands by his budget.” “I would imagine [Senate leader Phil] Berger, and the leadership of many of our senators, want to maintain what we have accomplished with tax reform, and actually move it in the direction of less credits, less deductions and exemptions, and continue lowering the rates,” said Sen. Bob Rucho, R-Mecklenburg, co-chairman of the Senate Finance Committee. 

Read More: www.carolinajournal.com.

HOUSE PASSES BILL ALLOWING MAGISTRATES TO OPT OUT OF SAME SEX MARRIAGES

The N.C. House voted 65-45 Wednesday to allow magistrates to opt out of performing weddings – legislation that stems from the legalization of same-sex marriages in North Carolina last year.  Because the House made no changes to the legislation already approved by the Senate, it will go directly to Gov. Pat McCrory.  In March, McCrory voiced concerns about the bill and said he won’t sign it. He stopped short; however, of saying he would veto it.  The governor can allow bills to become law without his signature. Senate Bill 2 would allow magistrates and register of deeds employees to be exempt from performing weddings if they have a religious objection. 

Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/politics-government/article22486821.html

FEDS: NC FOOD STAMP APPROVAL TIME AMONG SLOWEST IN THE NATION

The federal government is again threatening to withdraw operational funding for North Carolina’s food stamp program – this time over the speed at which health officials are approving applications. In a letter to the state’s health agency, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said North Carolina social services workers failed to approve applications within the required 30-day window, or one week for emergency applications. In 2013, the state processed those applications an average of 75 percent of the time, ranking fifth from the bottom when compared to the rest of the country. This means North Carolina lags behind neighbors Tennessee, Georgia and South Carolina and even territories such as the Virgin Islands and Guam. 

Read more here: http://www.wral.com/feds-nc-food-stamp-approval-among-slowest-in-nation/14670357/

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Black leaders oppose proposal to split school district – Rocky Mount Telegram

The Political Agitator response: In response to a comment by someone hiding behind a code name.

You will agree with Rep. Collins just to disagree with Councilman Knight and Rep. Willingham so that is nothing new.

I didn’t read where Rep. Collins said what happened 25-30 years ago is not relevant for today? What I read was Rep. Collins said, “However, N.C. Rep. Jeff Collins, R-Nash, said that the comparison between events now and in the past are not as simple as Willingham states.

“We are not going back to the same three school system formula as we were before,” Collins told the Telegram. “So I am not sure how you can compare what is going on now with what happened then.”

So what part of the following picture do you and Rep. Collins don’t get because it is clear to me, “Willingham said Nash County “is again reneging on its settlement of this lawsuit and pushing actions to render Edgecombe County and Rocky Mount a racial and economic wasteland.”

“Whether it’s their overt intention or not, they are using the justification of disparities in capital funding and county wealth as a basis to re-segregate the system and re-draw the lines to exclude the predominantly black and lower wealth families of Edgecombe-Rocky Mount along the railroad boundary that they know brings a history of friction that signifies both racial and economic differences,” Willingham said.”

Yep that is the problem if it were more white students I wonder would Robbie Davis be pushing this discussion?

You say have a black Superintendent. Hell some didn’t want him then and some don’t want him now and that is a major issue as well that is being left out of the equation but just last month it was a force trying to fire him.

The whole thing is RACIAL and that is okay for me. What ain’t okay is when folks want to deny it’s racial overtones.

The Nash County Commissioners under the leadership of Robbie Davis is pushing the issue as financial. Well Rep. Collins made some sense when he said, “Collins said that he does see the need for the current system to change.”

“I am in favor of each county paying for the cost of educating the students from their own county,” he said.

“I think that is only fair. I just am not sure if splitting the system along the county line will be necessary to do this,” Collins said. “I think we need to find a way for Edgecombe County to start paying their share of the cost of educating their students. I am just not sure what it is going to take to make this happen.”

But the problem with that is Nash County Commissioners said, “Nash County commissioners have said their main reasons for asking for the county line split of the school system are the inequities in current funding formula and a desire to see Rocky Mount removed from the funding formula because of the strain this causes on utilities costs.”

In other words Nash Commissioners are trying to remove Rocky Mount City Council out of the equation trying to say there are inequities in current funding formula and to use the utilities because that is something that has been a hot issue over the years. Well damn so they don’t want the Rocky Mount City Council to pay anything and the main thing is using the citizens of Rocky Mount against each other.

If Nash County Commissioners are on to something and can prove there are funding inequities then deal with that but why do there need to be a school split? Just makes no damn sense to me but that is just my ignant opinion.

Black leaders oppose proposal to split school district

N.C. Rep. Shelly Willingham, D-Edgecombe, and Andre Knight, president of the Rocky Mount branch of the NAACP, both recently spoke out against using county lines to split schools in Rocky Mount.

Knight said the Rocky Mount branch of the NAACP plans to hold a special meeting on Thursday to discuss the request of the Nash County commissioners to divide the Nash-Rocky Public Schools district along county lines. The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m at the OIC Auditorium in Rocky Mount. (Source: Read more)

Press Release from Rep. Shelly Willingham, NC House District 23: Some Nash County Commissioners’ Actions Will Re-Segregate Local Schools

For Immediate Release

April 27, 2015

Some Nash County Commissioners’ Actions Will Re-Segregate Local Schools

By Rep. Shelly Willingham, NC House District 23; Plaintiff in the lawsuit leading to the merger, member of the Rocky Mount City School Board during the merger and member of Merger Plan Task Force.

“Nash County Commissioners conveniently fail to mention that the merger of the Nash Rocky Mount Schools was a part of the settlement of a 1989 federal court school desegregation lawsuit”, emphasizes Rep. Shelly Willingham, one of the plaintiffs in The Rocky Mount City Board of Education, Shelly Willingham, Merland Wright (on behalf of their children), et. al. (class action- Citizens for Equality and Educational Justice) vs. the Nash County Board of Education and the Rocky Mount City Board of Education (89-336-CIV-5-F) in the US District Court for the Eastern District of NC- Raleigh Division in 1989. According to Rep. Willingham, the suit was filed because of the increasing segregation of the Rocky Mount City School System, the refusal by the Nash County School system after desegregation to release its White students to attend Rocky Mount City Schools, the longstanding controversy over school district and city boundaries since the 1970’s and Nash County decisions regarding capital expenditures and school locations designed to increase White flight from the Rocky Mount City Schools.

“The lawsuit included charges that Nash County never fully desegregated its schools in the 1970’s leaving historically Black schools with many empty seats while building new schools and adding new classrooms in predominantly White areas; as Rocky Mount desegregated its schools in the 1970’s, Nash county changed its previous policy of releasing city annexed areas into the Rocky Mount School system which effectively froze the City of Rocky School lines and supported the strategy of White flight of Rocky Mount citizens from the City of Rocky Mount Schools to the county schools while they still lived within the city limits causing increased segregation in the Rocky Mount Schools” , says Rep. Willingham.

Willingham who was on the Merger Task Force shares that the merger proposal that became the centerpiece of the settlement through SB612 (1992) was entitled “Together by Choice” – a commitment to quality education, qualify of life and economic development in Rocky Mount and both counties. Willingham emphasizes: “It is notable that the proponents of dismantling the Nash Rocky Mount School System have not mentioned the lawsuit and the merger as the settlement. Whether it’s their overt intention or not, they are using the justification of disparities in capital funding and county wealth as a basis to re-segregate the system and re-draw the lines to exclude the predominantly Black and lower wealth families of Edgecombe/Rocky Mount along the railroad boundary that they know brings a history of friction that signifies both racial and economic differences. In addition, they are attempting to de-legitimize the role of Rocky Mount citizens in funding education as if our city school system was not the major party in this merger. Rocky Mount citizens, Edgecombe and Nash, have always been in the education business — the leading advocates for and funders of quality education in this region for generations.”

According to Rep. Willingham, Nash County is again reneging on its settlement of this lawsuit and pushing actions to render Edgecombe County and Rocky Mount a racial and economic wasteland. He poses these critical questions: “What families will want to move to or remain in Edgecombe Rocky Mount when their children cannot go to high school in their own city or to the best school facilities and programs? How is it fair for Nash County to benefit from the generations of investment Edgecombe County/Rocky Mount citizens have made in the school facilities that they will retain and that have helped build up their wealth and the sales taxes and city tax benefits and amenities they enjoy from the City of Rocky Mount that Edgecombe County citizens equally contribute to? How is it just that they can just banish these Edgecombe families from their own public investments to the adjoining county system as if they were selling slaves on a plantation?”

“There is no discussion of the impact of this forced racial and geographical re-stigmatization on the quality of education and life in both counties – affecting every one of all races and locations. This re-packaging of “county-line merger” is the same old re-segregation and divisiveness dressed up in new clothes. They are not just splitting a school system but the entire City of Rocky Mount. As a responsible public official throughout my career, I am willing to work to address any legitimate public education issues that need to be resolved; however, I will fight this county-line merger/re-segregation proposal with all my might. It time for us to bring back the Citizens for Equality and Educational Justice and the “Together by Choice” Movement from 1990.” : says Willingham.

 

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