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Rep. Tim Moore                         Sen. Phil Berger
Speaker of the House               President Pro Tempore


July 29, 2016


Berger, Moore Respond to Politically-Motivated Ruling Blocking Voter ID


Raleigh, N.C. – Senate Leader Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) and House Speaker Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) issued the following joint statement Friday in response to the Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruling on voter ID:


“Since today’s decision by three partisan Democrats ignores legal precedent, ignores the fact that other federal courts have used North Carolina’s law as a model, and ignores the fact that a majority of other states have similar protections in place, we can only wonder if the intent is to reopen the door for voter fraud, potentially allowing fellow Democrat politicians like Hillary Clinton and Roy Cooper to steal the election. We will obviously be appealing this politically-motivated decision to the Supreme Court.”


The voter ID law ensures any North Carolina citizen who wants to vote will have that opportunity. The law establishes a list of valid government-issued photo IDs that voters can present at their polling places, allows anyone without a photo ID to obtain one at no cost through the Department of Motor Vehicles, and allows anyone who still has difficulty obtaining a valid ID to fill out a reasonable impediment affidavit and still have their vote counted. It also brings North Carolina into the mainstream of other states on matters of same-day registration and out-of-precinct voting.


More than 30 other states have voter ID requirements, and a similar law was upheld by the United States Supreme Court in 2008.


Polls – including those commissioned by groups challenging the law – consistently show the overwhelming majority of North Carolinians support voter ID. And political opponents of the law failed to produce a single witness who would be unable to vote under the law in court.

House passes state budget

The House of Representatives passed its version of the state budget on Thursday by a vote of 103-12.

Passage of the bipartisan piece of legislation marked a continuance of the General Assembly’s commitment to responsible and fiscally sound governance. The House’s budget didn’t raise taxes, kept spending in check and added to the state’s budget reserves.

The House included the following in its budget:

  • Responsible spending
    • $22.225 billion spending cap that keeps pace with population growth and inflation
      • A 2.3% conservative increase in spending over FY 2015-16
  • Raises for teachers and state employees
    • More than $460 million for compensation increases for teachers, Highway Patrol, Clerks, Magistrates and other state employees
    • In addition to experienced-based salary increases, most teachers receive 3% annual recurring salary increase and a $500 bonus
    • State Employees receive 2% annual recurring salary increase and a $500 bonus for all permanent, full-time state employees
    • 1.6% Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) for state employee retirees
  • Tax cuts for working families
    • Increases the zero tax bracket by $2,000 over four years to include more taxpayers.
      • 70-80% of North Carolinians file their taxes under the zero bracket/standard deduction.
  • Responsible saving
    • Provides an additional $300 million to the Savings Reserve Account, bringing the total to $1.4 billion
  • Funding for FFA
    • Allocates $350,000 to Future Farmers of America (FFA) chapters across the state.
    • Each chapter would receive about $1,300

I look forward to seeing the Senate’s version of the budget in the coming weeks. Together with the Senate, I expect the House will pass a strong, responsible final budget to send to the governor.

May 13, 2016

Berger Responds to White House’s Attempt to Force Boys and Girls to Share Bathrooms, Locker Rooms in Schools


Raleigh, N.C. – North Carolina Senate Leader Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) issued the following statement Friday in response to the Obama administration’s directive to public schools across the United States that they make school-aged boys and girls share bathrooms and locker rooms:


“The last time I checked, the United States is not ruled by a king who can bypass Congress and the courts and force school-aged boys and girls to share the same bathrooms and locker rooms. This is an egregiously unconstitutional overreach of the president’s authority, and North Carolina’s public schools should follow state law which protects our children’s safety and privacy.”


Caught Red-Handed!

Roy Cooper In Communication With San Francisco CEO Coordinating Threats of Economic Retaliation Against NC

May 4, 2016
Contact: The Pat McCrory Committee
Raleigh, N.C. – North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper called Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff, who then began “CEO-arm twisting” by recruiting and coordinating with business leaders, including Deutsche Bank, to inflict economic damage on North Carolina to protest HB2, The Wall Street Journal reported Monday.

“Roy Cooper’s fingerprints are all over the coordinated campaign to smear North Carolina and inflict economic damage on our state,” said McCrory Campaign Manager Russell Peck. “Instead of defending North Carolina, its business community and our hardworking citizens, Roy Cooper is actively communicating and working with the very CEOs who are trying to inflict economic damage on the state and prevent jobs from coming here. How can Roy Cooper ask voters to elect him governor while actively working behind the scenes with out-of-state CEOs to trash the state’s economy for his own political advantage?”

The Wall Street Journal reported that Attorney General Roy Cooper called Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff, who resides in San Francisco, to discuss North Carolina’s bathroom privacy law. Benioff, who recently held a fundraiser for Hillary Clinton and led fights against laws in other states, then “turned his guns on North Carolina’s law” by urging Salesforce’s business customers to take a stand against the law, including Deutsche Bank which promptly cancelled its plans to expand its office in North Carolina.

The Wall Street Journal’s Monica Langley reported: “North Carolina’s Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper called Salesforce to discuss the law, which had drawn lawsuits against the state… Salesforce had little presence in North Carolina, so Mr. Benioff turned to Mr. Moynihan, CEO of Charlotte-based Bank of America, the state’s biggest employer. Mr. Moynihan then weighed in against the law… In an early-April business meeting with Salesforce customer Deutsche Bank AG, which has a 900-person North Carolina office, Mr. Benioff discussed the law with its co-chief executive, John Cryan. On April 12, Deutsche Bank announced it would freeze plans to add 250 North Carolina jobs while any of the law stayed intact.”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                         Contacts: Amy Auth, 919-301-1737
March 29, 2016                                                                Shelly Carver, 919-301-1744

Berger: Cooper Should Resign Since He Won’t Defend State Law, Protect Children’s Safety


Raleigh, N.C. – Senate Leader Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) responded Tuesday to Attorney General Roy Cooper’s announcement that he will not defend a state law passed with bipartisan support stopping men from entering public bathrooms and locker rooms with young girls and women.


“Roy Cooper’s refusal to defend the law makes clear he wants the ACLU to win by default in federal court what they can’t win at the ballot box and allow men to walk into locker rooms at YMCAs across our country and undress in front of young girls,” said Berger. “His zeal for pandering for the extreme left’s money and agenda in his race for governor is making it impossible for him to fulfill his duties as attorney general – and he should resign immediately.”