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Senator Smith-Ingram’s Statement on Hurricane Matthew Funding

The Watch Dog response: Thank you Senator for standing with our Governor. I have been saying since Matthew that folk better recognize who was in office. I told them these Republicans ain’t gonna want to do anything and if they did it would be very little. I said and the next time around if they are still in control they will not get anything.

I am in agreement with Governor Roy Cooper’s sentiments. The Trump Administration and Congress’ measly funding for federal disaster for Hurricane Matthew were extremely disappointing. It’s less than 1 percent of what the state requested.

Governor Cooper requested more than $900 million in federal relief which is quite a conservative request in comparison to the damage done by Hurricane Matthew. Only $6.1 million in federal money was approved. This isn’t even enough to bring affected areas back to “prior fund damage” levels.

What I’d hoped for was exactly what our Governor requested for federal funding for:

▪ Housing repairs: $166 million for homeowners’ repairs, $63.7 million to repair rental housing, $15.2 million to repair public housing.

▪ Agriculture: $92.6 million to cover losses the U.S. Department of Agriculture didn’t cover, such as livestock, equipment and feed.

▪ Small business: $39 million to help close to 700 small businesses.

The above areas had the most impact in my District.

I call upon my Senate leaders to come up with additional funding, either through an immediate supplemental spending bill or in the next appropriations process to provide the much needed investment in recovery.

Being that North Carolina was underfunded at the federal level, it is unacceptable and shameful that the Senate budget fails North Carolinians affected by the storm. Hurricane Matthew was a catastrophic event that is best responded to outside of our biennium budget process. The appropriations should have never been included with the limitations of a $22.9 billion spending cap. We can do better than this. We are better than this. This budget does not reflect it!

Congressman G.K. Butterfield, Senator Erica Smith-Ingram and Rep. Shelly Willingham Visited Tarboro NC To Talk To Flood Victims

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Women’s Day At Anderson Chapel Was Fabuloustastic Featuring Minister/Senator Erica Smith-Ingram, Traveling Gospelaires and Christopher Boone

imageMinister/Senator Erica Smith-Ingram gave a fabouloustastic message along with music by the Traveling Gospelaires. Smith-Ingram also presented recognition to Christopher Boone for saving some lives during a Pitt County fire.

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Weekly Update – Friday, September 25, 2015 – Senator Erica Smith-Ingram


In Raleigh…

McCrory signs Medicaid privatization bill (Raleigh News & Observer) — Gov. Pat McCrory signed a major overhaul of the state’s Medicaid system into law Wednesday.

Jobs incentives bill heads to McCrory (Raleigh News & Observer) — The N.C. House took a final 78-24 vote Wednesday to replenish the state’s main incentives fund to recruit jobs, sending the measure to Gov. Pat McCrory.

Pending bills will mean big changes for NC voters (WRAL-TV) — North Carolina primaries will be moved to a March 15 under a bill previewed by lawmakers Wednesday. A separate bill would label all judicial candidates on a ballot with their partisan affiliation, although elections would remain nonpartisan.

N.C. judge allows voter ID lawsuit to continue (AP) — A judge on Wednesday declined to dismiss a lawsuit challenging North Carolina’s photo identification requirement to vote that starts next year, even though lawmakers recently eased the mandate for some without IDs wishing to cast ballots.

Leaders tout economic impact of gas pipeline (Rocky Mount Telegram) — An interstate natural gas pipeline running beneath Nash County would be an economic boon to the area, according to local and state officials.

NCC brewing program launches with new instructor (Rocky Mount Telegram) — With the launch of Nash Community College’s Brewing, Distillation and Fermentation Associate Degree program this semester, students are enrolled in classes such as BDF 111 Sanitation and Safety and BDF 114 Craft Beer Brewing.

Learn Like a Girl (EdNC) — The North Carolina Chapter of the U.S. National Committee for United Nations Women held its second annual learning and engagement luncheon yesterday at the Governor’s Mansion in Raleigh. The event, “Learn Like a Girl: Gender, Education, Empowerment,” covered a wide-range of issues and challenges facing young women, both locally and globally, from human trafficking to online sexual harassment.

Report: N.C. Minority-Owned Businesses Bouncing Back from Recession (Public News Service) — Minority-owned businesses are rebounding following the Great Recession, according to a new report by The Institute, an organization that aims to expand and diversify North Carolina’s business base.

Stein steps into 2016 AG race (WRAL-TV) — A day before a series of appearances across the state, state Sen. Josh Stein announced Sunday via an email to supporters that he’s running for attorney general in 2016.

Obama has vastly changed the face of the federal bureaucracy (Washington Post) — Women, minorities and gay Americans are now occupy top posts in record numbers.

Contact Information


NC Senate District 3


Bertie, Chowan, Edgecombe, Hertford, Martin, Northampton, Tyrrell and Washington Counties

919-715-3040 (O); 919-754-3344 (F)



Senator Erica Smith-Ingram Outlines the 2015-17 Budget Plan



Tuesday — September 22, 2015
Senator Erica Smith-Ingram Outlines the 2015-17 Budget Plan

Raleigh, NC – On Friday, by a vote of 118–36, the NC General Assembly (the Senate and House combined) voted on the biennial budget. With any budget, there are good appropriations and not enough attention to some issues. The ratified budget was made available on yesterday, and I am reaching out to you today to share with you some highlights and targets for future work.  As your Senator, I voted for this budget because it is a progressive plan that will move District 3 and the State of North Carolina forward. While I didn’t like the $750 one-time bonus for state employees and teachers, the only other option was nothing at all.  Main Street Democrats will work diligently during the short-session in May to dedicate budget surplus revenues to fund a significant pay raise for teachers and state employees. While it is not a perfect budget, I sincerely believe that northeastern North Carolina is better served with this budget than the previous version. I am particularly proud of the State Broadband, Driver’s Education funding, NCWorks and the portions of the budget in which I was most directly involved.

District Benefits

· Broadband – The bill that I introduced, S615 – Rural Broadband Infrastructure that tasks the state CIO, through its Office of Digital Infrastructure, and with the assistance of the Department of Transportation, the Department of Administration, the Department of Commerce, North Carolina State University, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte was placed in this year’s budget. This portion of the bill will develop a State broadband plan that ensures all citizens of North Carolina access to broadband capability.  It further develops a statewide strategic plan that promotes a robust broadband infrastructure.  Additionally, $14 million over the biennium is being invested to insure connectivity in all of our schools.

· Distribution Sales Tax for Economic Development – All of the counties in District 3 receive additional sales tax revenue: a combined total of at minimum $10 million for District 3.

· Historic Preservation Tax Credit – Restored and appropriated $8 million to invest in revitalization especially in our rural areas.

  • Elizabeth City State University – $3 million is appropriated per year for stabilization funds to Elizabeth City State University.
  • Grassroots Science Program – Funds appropriated to the Department of Commerce for Tier 1 counties awarding grants to science museums located in economically distressed areas.

· Shallow Draft Navigation Channel Dredging and Lake Maintenance Fund – This will be a significant step in addressing the hydrilla and dredging issues in several counties of our District.

Statewide Benefits

· Department of Military and Veterans Affairs – Providing the necessary tools and resources for veterans who have served our country and protected our freedom. Appropriations for the biennium is $17,343,249.

· Deleted Harmful Provision Ending Retirement Health Benefits for State Employees Hired After January 1, 2016 – The previous version

· NCWorks – NC Works Career Coach Program to place community college career coaches in high schools to assist students with determining career goals and identifying community college programs that would enable students to achieve these goals

· Eugenics Compensation Payments – Qualified recipients will receive compensation. (added this)

· $300 million for economic development grants – Implemented through various provisions including restored appropriations for minority and small-businesses and Community Development Block Grants.

Criminal Justice

· State Highway Patrol Beginning July 1, 2015, the salaries of all sworn members of the State Highway Patrol were increased by three percent (3%) as well as the starting pay for an entry-level position in the State Highway Patrol is increased by three percent (3%).

· Body-Worn Cameras – Provides $2.5 million for matching grants to local and county law enforcement agencies to purchase and place into service body-worn video cameras and for training and related expenses

· Budget funds mental health reforms in some prisons – A projected $12 million over the next two years is appropriated to expand the mental health facility at Central Prison in Raleigh and create eight treatment units at maximum-security prisons across the state. This funding will provide for 218 new positions within these new facilities, with hiring divided roughly in half between 2015 and 2016.


· Teacher Pay – Allocation of approximately $313 million for compensation increases to State employees including a $750 bonus for all state employees and step increases to teachers, assistant principals, principals, State Highway Patrol Troopers, clerks and magistrates. I will work diligently during the short-session in May to dedicate budget surplus revenues to fund a more significant and comprehensive pay raise for teachers and state employees.

· Driver’s Education Funding – I sponsored a Driver’s Education bill, S515, and am proud to see that part of this budget includes my bill. It funds driver’s education programs to all physically and mentally qualified persons who are older than 14 years and six months, are approved by the principal of the school, are enrolled in public, private or homeschooled high school within the State and have not previously enrolled in the program.

· Teacher Assistant Allotments – I worked tirelessly in advocating for Teacher Assistants to remain in our budget. I am especially proud that my and other legislators’ efforts were successful. The budget provides local school administrative units the dollar equivalent of teacher assistant positions.

· Nonpermanent Retirees Returning May Retain Their Coverage – retirees returning to work for the State may retain their coverage options under the State Health Plan for Teachers and State Employees


Contact Information


NC Senate District 3


Bertie, Chowan, Edgecombe, Hertford, Martin, Northampton, Tyrrell and Washington Counties

919-715-3040 (O); 919-754-3344 (F)



P. Angelicia Simmons, Legislative Assistant
Office of Senator Erica Smith-Ingram

Room 1118, State Legislative Building
NC Senate  – District 3
16 W. Jones Street
Raleigh, NC 27601
919-715-3040 (p)

919-754-3344 (f)

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St. Paul MBC Tarboro NC – Senator Erica Smith-Ingram Will Be The Messenger For Women’s Day Sunday July 12, 2015

imageSenator Erica Smith-Ingram District 3 will be the messenger for their annual Women’s Day Celebration St. Paul MBC Church 900 Lloyd Street Tarboro NC on Sunday July 12, 2015 11:00 AM.

Photo: Senator was speaker for the Dr. Martin L. King Breakfast in January 2015 at the Administration Bldg. Tarboro NC. Click on photo for more photos.

Photos/Video: Dr. MLK Jr. Unity Breakfast Senator Erica Smith-Ingram District 3 “Unity For Justice Continues . . .” Edgecombe County Administration Bldg. Tarboro NC Monday January 19, 2015 8:00 AM

My new Senator is a powerful speaker. If she works as hard as she speaks (and I have no reason to doubt that), then Edgecombe County and the other 7 counties that she represents but not limited to, will be in good hands.

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In this photo: Senator Erica Smith-Ingram


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Senator District 3 I Am Happy To See A Black Female In Raleigh Representing The East

Beginning in January 2015 The DCN News Blog Online TV began capturing history in the making traveling to Bertie County covering Senator Erica Smith-Ingram’s swearing in/inaugural events. She has 8 counties and just look at how many folks can have access to this historical moment as she become the first black male or female to hold this seat since it was created for a majority black to represent us in the east. However former Senator Clark Jenkins Edgecombe County has held the seat since it was first created.

Although I have supported Jenkins over the years, I didn’t support him when he was first elected. I supported Patricia Ferguson Bertie County for the seat and she was blackballed by several black leaders here in Edgecombe County. However she was more than well qualified. I also supported Frankie Bordeaux and Shelly Willingham when they ran against Jenkins during a couple of elections. But I did support him during several of his elections and when I met with him, I told him there was nothing he could do for me that when the Boys & Girls Club and others contacted him for his support, that that is what I want to hear that he did along with making sure he represented the east well.

I didn’t support Erica Smith-Ingram imageduring the past election because I didn’t know her or anything about her. I seen her for the 1st time at the Edgecombe County Human Relations Candidates Forum a couple of weeks before election time. When she got the opportunity to call me in the last hours I explained to her that I couldn’t publicly support her in Edgecombe County because I had nothing to share with folks about her in order to convince them to vote for her. However listening to her speak at the forum and having a phone conversation with her, I felt she would do a great job if she won. My words to her was when she win I would be one of her strongest supporters. So although I endorsed Jenkins because that is who the people in Edgecombe County knew, my heart was with Smith-Ingram.

So for all of those ignant to the facts white, black, brown and other to who I am and have labeled me as a racist, militant and other, I stand for justice no matter who it is for or against. Now if I was the racist that ignant white folks would have you to believe, I would have endorsed Erica Smith-Ingram just because she was black and I could have done that because I don’t see anything wrong with that. However when it comes to politics and asking other folks do things, you have to take things in a different perspective if you don’t know all of the candidates. Now hearing Smith-Ingram campaign speech, she reminded me of Patricia Ferguson whom ran for the same seat because I said hearing Ferguson speak at the 1st Congressional District meetings recognizing that she was a Bertie County Commissioner that she was a powerful black woman. I said if there ever came a time that I could vote for her, that I would so when the time came it was easy for me to choose her over Clark Jenkins. Although Jenkins lived here in Edgecombe County all I knew about him was he was rich and had a couple of businesses here however he had never been to a Democratic Party meeting.

I don’t think that my new senator can say she can’t trust that I will not be one of her strongest supporters because I was straight up with her. I told her why I couldn’t endorse her in Edgecombe County because I knew the mindset of the people here. I can say I voted for her but didn’t endorse her but I didn’t tell her that I was going to vote for her. What I did tell her is that I look at politics in a very peculiar way. I look at where I stand and I look at where the county stand because I am very active serving as a precinct chair and as former 3rd, 2nd and 1st vice chair of the Edgecombe County Democratic Party. I also served as the county chair after being appointed in 1998 –1999 to serve the unexpired term of Roy Gray who stepped down to go to work with former Congresswoman Eva Clayton.

Now don’t get it twisted because you see when Roy stepped down I was the 3rd vice chair, Celestine Lyons was the 1st vice and she had to step down because she was running for a county commissioner seat against another Democrat T.C. Cherry and 2nd vice Mayor Vines Cobb had had surgery and didn’t want to take on the position. I didn’t go to the meeting to become the chair but while there, Taro Knight called me outside and said man you got to move up. I said well I don’t want to but I will. Mind you I had filed to run for a seat on the Edgecombe County School Board but that would not be a problem because the school board was a non-partisan seat so if I was appointed I could do both.

Well of course Rev. Roosevelt Higgs as he always do either nominates himself or one of his closest allies nominates him. Taro nominated me and I was appointed.

I am looking forward to working with and holding my new Senator Erica Smith-Ingram accountable for representing us well in the east. You too have a role to play so get involved or sit down and shut up because ain’t nobody got time to be getting side-tracked by the old political games that have been played. I am going to call folks out more than ever because we are living in some crucial times. I ain’t got time to fight that other party and especially registered Democrats who are really Republicans. My new Senator has enough on her hands as she got to go into the fiery furnace to fight that other party.

Oh by the way I told someone when I seen Erica Smith-Ingram during the Human Relations Candidates Forum that after hearing her speak and seeing how beautiful she is, I would vote for her 2 times if I could. But the funniest thing was when I arrived at the church for her swearing in ceremony I congratulated her twice before the event began to find out that it was not her. She has an identical twin sister so therefore after seeing her, I would now say I would vote for her 4 times if I could. LOL!

Folks it is time to go to work and let’s pray for our new Senator Erica Smith-Ingram and to keep her encouraged so she can represent us well in Raleigh.

Senator Erica Smith-Ingram will be the speaker for the Dr. MLK Jr. Breakfast on Monday January 19, 2015 8:00 AM at the Edgecombe County Administrative Building 201 St. Andrews Street Tarboro NC.

Photos/Videos: Senator Erica Smith-Ingram Swearing In & Inaugural Reception Held in Bertie County Saturday January 3, 2015

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In this photo Alicia Smith-Freshwater Twin Sister
Senator Erica Smith-Ingram, Mr. Ingram
Supreme Justice Cheri Beasley


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In this photo Alicia Smith-Freshwater Twin Sister
Senator Erica Smith-Ingram, Mr. Ingram
Supreme Justice Cheri Beasley


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In this photo Rev. Alan Mizelle
Senator Erica Smith-Ingram Mother & Siblings
House Rep. Shelly Willingham