NEXT MEETING is Tuesday, September 2nd.
Our Executive Committee Meeting Schedule: The 2014 meeting schedule, the meetings will be the first Tuesday of every month and they begin at 6:30 PM at the Madison County Agricultural Extension Office at the Madison County Fairgrounds. Please come out and hear from the people you elected to represent us. Don’t believe rumors…..Come get the inside “dirt” on Madison County and NC politics directly from the people we have elected to represent us.
Congratulations to Dyatt Smathers and Ray Lewis on their new positions with the Madison County Board of Elections. Ray Lewis was sworn in by the Honorable Jim Baker as the newest Board Member on Wednesday, June 11th. Ray’s first action was to nominate Dyatt Smathers as the new Chairman of the Board and Ray was then nominated to fill Dyatt’s former Secretary position. We look forward to the upcoming elections in November.
Thanks to everyone who got out and voted in the Primary Election.
Congratulations to State Senator Ralph Hise, our next District Attorney Seth Banks, our next US Senator Thom Tillis, and our next NC Supreme Court Justice Eric Levinson. We must now all rally behind these winners in order to make sure they win in November. Regardless if these gentlemen were your first choice, we must unify as a Party and propel them to victory in November. NO TAKING YOUR BALL AND GOING HOME!! Stay involved and let’s win!! Also, let’s continue the growing trend of statewide Republican leadership by electing a majority Republican County Commission.
Unbelievably Attorney General Roy Cooper is doubling down on his support for same-sex “marriage.”
Last week we told you about his decision to headline a major fundraising event for EqualityNC – the very group that is pushing the challenge to our marriage amendment.
Well this week the Attorney General announced that he personally supports same-sex “marriage”.
This is the Attorney General that we are depending on to protect our Marriage Amendment and defend North Carolina’s Constitution in Court!
To make matters worse, immediately following the Attorney General’s announcement yesterday that he supports allowing same-sex couples to marry, the Register of Deeds in Buncombe County announced that he would accept applications for marriage licenses for same-sex couples.
This is a clear and deliberate violation of the law!
It’s obvious we can’t depend on the Attorney General. Elected public officials are not allowed to violate the will of the majority of voters in North Carolina just because they do not like the law, and our Attorney General should not be parading around the State undermining the very laws he is charged with defending.
The Attorney General owes his allegiance to the people of our State who passed our marriage laws by referendum, not to his own political ambitions.
We can’t depend on Roy Cooper to defend the amendment when he is clearly focusing on running for another political office. This guy has already announced that he’s running for Governor in 2016. We are paying him with our tax dollars to campaign for the next 3+years.
Governor, Senate, House Reach Historic Deal on Tax Reform
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Raleigh, NC- Governor Pat McCrory, Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) and House Speaker Thom Tillis (R-Mecklenburg) announced late this afternoon they have reached a historic agreement on tax reform.
North Carolina has the fifth-highest unemployment rate in the country and needs tax reform to compete with neighboring states for job creation.
“All of us were elected to change the status quo here in Raleigh and address problems head on,” said Governor Pat McCrory. “One of the biggest challenges we faced coming into office was working to help create jobs in the existing environment. This tax reform plan is a major step in restoring confidence in the economy so that employers start hiring again, and it will help us continue to attract new employers. Just as important, this tax reform will allow North Carolinians to put more money in their pocketbooks so that they can spend and invest in North Carolina.”
The tax reform agreement provides fiscally-responsible tax relief to all North Carolinians. It will lower income tax rates for all taxpayers to 5.8% in 2014, allowing North Carolina families to keep more of their hard-earned dollars. The corporate tax will be reduced to 6.0% in 2014 to make North Carolina more attractive to job-creators.
“Reforming a state’s tax code is no easy task in the face of a barrage of special interests fighting to preserve the special treatment they receive at the expense of all taxpayers,” said Senator Phil Berger. “We’ve seen several other states – Kansas, Louisiana and Nebraska – give it their best shot but miss the mark. I’m proud of what we’re achieving here in North Carolina – we are truly a positive model for the rest of the nation.”
The tax reform proposal is fiscally responsible and provides reasonable revenue growth every year to meet the state’s budget needs. Since tax reform is expected to grow the state’s economy and bolster the tax base, further rate reductions could be triggered by revenue growth in 2016 and 2017. However, if for whatever reasons the tax revenue does not grow, the further reductions will not be triggered, ensuring that state revenue is preserved for public services.
“This plan will provide tax relief for working families throughout North Carolina and will enable businesses to create jobs for our citizens,” said Speaker Thom Tillis. “Our state will become more competitive because of this tax reform legislation, and North Carolinians will have more dollars in their pockets. I congratulate everyone who had a role in this historic agreement, especially Representatives David Lewis and Julia Howard, who led this effort in the House.”
“This plan reducing both personal and corporate income taxes combined with the General Assembly’s successful efforts last session to repeal the temporary sales tax accomplishes broad based tax relief that is unmatched in North Carolina’s history,” said Governor McCrory. “No other state has accomplished this level of tax reform this year and I would like to commend Speaker Tillis and Senator Berger for their hard work and congratulate them on reaching this agreement.”
Tax Reform Proposal Highlights
Personal Income Tax:
• Reduces and simplifies the 3-tiered state personal income tax from the current maximum rate of 7.75% and minimum rate of 6% to 5.8% in 2014 and 5.75% in 2015.
• Increases the standard deduction for all taxpayers, applied to the:
1. First $15,000 of income for those married filing jointly
2. First $12,000 of income for heads of household
3. First $7,500 of income for single filers;
• Retains the state child tax credit and increases it for families making less than $40,000;
• Offers a $20,000 combined maximum deduction for mortgage interest and property taxes;
• Makes charitable contributions fully deductible;
• Protects all Social Security income from state taxes.
Corporate Income Tax:
• Reduces the corporate income tax from 6.9% to 6% in 2014 and then to 5% in 2015 a 29% rate reduction.
• If the state meets revenue targets (i.e. if tax revenue grows due to a growing economy), the corporate income tax will drop to 4% in 2016 and 3% in 2017.
• Caps the state gas tax;
• Eliminates North Carolina’s death tax;
• Preserves the sales tax refund for nonprofits.