UNC-TV Hosts Speaker Moore to Discuss COVID-19 Response, Tax and Budget Implications on “Front Row”

Raleigh, N.C. – State House Speaker Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) appeared on UNC-TV’s ‘Front Row with Marc Rotterman’ this week to detail North Carolina’s bipartisan response to the COVID-19 crisis.

Speaker Moore predicted that despite large savings in North Carolina’s rainy day reserve and unemployment fund, dramatically reduced tax collections combined with a sharp increase in demand for government services would put enormous pressure on the state budget.

“As long as we’re dealing with this, revenue is doing to be down,” Speaker Moore emphasized Monday, predicting both personal income and sales tax collections would decrease dramatically in upcoming financial reports.

“While individuals, businesses, families, are having to accommodate and learn how they’re going to have to get by on less money in a lot of cases, so too are we in government.” 

Speaker Moore said business closures were bringing financial devastation to North Carolina families and state leaders should “minimize the impact as much as possible to our state’s economy.”

“Most of these businesses are small businesses, they’re not large chains or corporations, these are North Carolinians here in our state who own these businesses,” Speaker Moore said. 

Speaker Moore said North Carolina’s current stay at home order was “nuanced” and “allows people to take care of what they need to,” but said preventing a public health disaster remained the state’s the top priority.

“We know that restaurants, hotels, people in personal care services, these folks are taking it very hard,” Speaker Moore said Monday. 

“While we understand the need to restrict that activity so that the public is protected, we also know these businesses face some very unique challenges. “

“We know it is an unfortunate necessity right now, because we don’t need this virus to expand. W e don’t need our emergency rooms and medical facilities overrun.  We need to make sure demand does not exceed what we have capacity for.”

Speaker Moore said the state House’s bipartisan task force on COVID-19 would continue to meet remotely this week. 

Speaker Moore said he appointed Democratic and Republican co-chairs, “to draw from the expertise of members from around the state to be able to offer that input and advice that would be helpful not only to our branch of government, but to the Governor and the executive branch.”

Remote Meetings of Bipartisan N.C. House COVID-19 Working Groups Begin Wednesday at 11 am

The public can listen to the meetings at the General Assembly’s website through the audio stream of Room 1228 in the Legislative Building.

Raleigh, N.C. – The first remote meeting of the bipartisan North Carolina House Select Committee on COVID-19’s working groups is scheduled for Wednesday, March 25, 2020, at 11:00 a.m. by teleconference. Continue reading “Remote Meetings of Bipartisan N.C. House COVID-19 Working Groups Begin Wednesday at 11 am”

Speaker Moore Forms Bipartisan COVID-19 House Committee to Work Remotely with Crisis Policy Working Groups

Raleigh, N.C. – The Office of State House Speaker Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) announced formation of the bipartisan North Carolina House Select Committee on COVID-19 today that will meet remotely through crisis policy working groups to prepare immediate and long-term legislative responses to the developing crisis. Continue reading “Speaker Moore Forms Bipartisan COVID-19 House Committee to Work Remotely with Crisis Policy Working Groups”

Speaker Moore Forming Bipartisan Crisis Legislative Groups to Work Remotely, Seeks Input from North Carolinians

Raleigh, N.C. – State House Speaker Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) is forming crisis response legislative groups to work remotely on policy measures addressing the COVID-19 crisis and is seeking input from North Carolina residents on reforms that will support families and businesses during the unprecedented emergency. Continue reading “Speaker Moore Forming Bipartisan Crisis Legislative Groups to Work Remotely, Seeks Input from North Carolinians”

Speaker Moore Joins ‘Talk of the Town’ to Discuss Strong N.C. Unemployment Fund

Raleigh, N.C. – State House Speaker Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) joined 103.7 FM’s ‘Talk of the Town’ in eastern North Carolina on Wednesday morning to address the developing response to COVID-19 and emergency measures taken to support families, businesses, and healthcare services during the crisis.

Speaker Moore reassured North Carolinians that the legislature saved wisely for times of crisis and has a $3.9 billion Unemployment Trust Fund balance, $1.17 billion in savings, $74 million in Disaster Relief Funds, $186 million in Medicaid contingency reserves, and over $2 billion in unappropriated cash-on-hand. 

N.C. Unemployment Trust Fund Ready for Emergency Measures with $3.9 Billion Balance and Disaster Reforms

The General Assembly changed state law in 2017 to ensure benefits paid during federal disaster declarations may be provided without waiting a week or without showing the usually required job search

Raleigh, N.C. – State House Speaker Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) said Tuesday that a $3.9 billion Unemployment Trust Fund Balance is in place for North Carolina to draw on with emergency measures that support families hurting from the economic impact of the COVID-19 response. Continue reading “N.C. Unemployment Trust Fund Ready for Emergency Measures with $3.9 Billion Balance and Disaster Reforms”