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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!
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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.
NC Senate District 3
Bertie, Chowan, Edgecombe, Hertford, Martin, Northampton, Tyrrell and Washington Counties
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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.
· 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.
· 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.
· 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
NC Senate District 3
Bertie, Chowan, Edgecombe, Hertford, Martin, Northampton, Tyrrell and Washington Counties
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
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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.