NC Chamber Names House Speaker Tim Moore A 2021 Jobs Champion

The NC Chamber today named House Speaker Tim Moore a 2021 Jobs Champion in its annual How They Voted report.
 
How They Voted details state legislators’ voting records on bills identified as critical to preserving and enhancing North Carolina’s position in the global race for jobs. Speaker Moore was recognized as a Jobs Champion for voting with the Chamber’s Jobs Agenda at least 80 percent of the time during the 2021 legislative session.
 
“In an era of widespread economic uncertainty, North Carolina’s job creators need to know which of our leaders are willing to act to give them more of the certainty they need,” said NC Chamber President and CEO Gary Salamido.
 
He continued, “The bold leadership displayed by Speaker Moore and other NC Chamber Jobs Champions in 2021 will help our businesses push past lingering uncertainty to fuel opportunity and recovery for millions of North Carolinians. We look forward to continuing to work with the Speaker in the year ahead to foster renewed growth and success across our communities.”
 
House Speaker Tim Moore said, “I am honored to be recognized for the hard work that we have done to preserve and create jobs in North Carolina. I am optimistic for the future of our state as we continue to grow and welcome more businesses to the healthy economic environment we have cultivated in North Carolina.”
 
You can view this year’s edition of the NC Chamber’s How They Voted publication here.
 
About the NC Chamber
 
The NC Chamber works to research, develop, advocate, and communicate for solutions and policies that produce a nationally competitive business climate in North Carolina. For more information, visit ncchamber.com.

House Republicans Respond to Governor Cooper’s Latest Vetoes

Today Governor Roy Cooper vetoed three bills approved by the North Carolina General Assembly. Two of those were House Bill 220 (Choice of Energy/Add’l Provisions) and Senate Bill 725: Prohibit Private Money in Elections Admin.
 
House Bill 220 would prohibit local governments from adopting any ordinance that prohibits connection, reconnection, modification, or expansion of an energy service based on the type or source of energy to be delivered to the end-user of the energy service; and (2) expand an exemption from public records for detailed plans and drawings of public buildings and infrastructure facilities, and add a new exemption for specific engineering, vulnerability, or detailed design information about proposed or existing critical infrastructure for energy, water, and wastewater utilities.
 
Senate Bill 725 would prohibit the State Board of Elections, county boards of elections, and county boards of commissioners from accepting private monetary donations, directly or indirectly, for conducting elections or employing individuals on a temporary basis.
 
Rep. Dean Arp (R-Union) said, “House Bill 220 specifically addresses energy choices for consumers, leaving household decisions like whether or not to have a gas stove in their home to consumers themselves. The heavy hand of government has no place in the personal decisions North Carolinians make for their households.”
 
North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore said, “Governor Cooper again fails to provide a substantive reason for vetoing common sense legislation.”
 
He continued, “Energy choice and ensuring our elections process is not in any way influenced by outside individuals– the bills vetoed today address the concerns of consumers and voters across all of North Carolina. Unfortunately the Governor prefers partisanship over common sense.”

NC Supreme Court Delays Primaries Until May 2022

A North Carolina Supreme Court ruling today has halted candidate filing and pushed the primary election date from March 8 to May 17 2022.
 
A lower court will decide the constitutionality of map districts by January 11.
 
North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore said, “I am deeply disappointed in the State Supreme Court’s decision to halt and further delay our election process that is already underway.”
 
He continued, “To throw this process into chaos in the middle of filing leaves North Carolinians with uncertainty ahead of the election. Despite this delay, we are confident that we will prevail at trial and our maps will stand.”

Court Refuses to Block NC Maps, Rules Election Will Proceed

Today a three-judge panel denied a request from Democratic plaintiffs to block new congressional and legislative maps, a delay that would prevent upcoming elections from proceeding as scheduled.
 
North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore said, “We are very pleased with the court’s ruling today. It is good news for North Carolina, and now it is time to move forward so that the election process can begin and the people of North Carolina can make their voices heard. Today’s ruling was a huge win for North Carolina voters.”

Speaker Tim Moore Responds to Governor Cooper’s Election Integrity Veto

Today Governor Roy Cooper vetoed Senate Bill 326, the “Election Day Integrity Act”.
 
Senate Bill 326 would further secure the integrity of our elections by requiring absentee ballots to be received by Election Day, rather than three days later.
 
North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore said, “Sadly, this veto will undermine North Carolina voters’ confidence in the outcome of future elections. Most states already have the same requirement for ballots to be received in a timely manner. Why shouldn’t North Carolinians be given the same confidence in our Election Day process?”

US Supreme Court Agrees to Take Up NCGA Request to Intervene in Voter ID Case

Today, the United States Supreme Court granted legislators’ petition for a writ of certiorari in the long-running federal voter ID litigation.
 
Previously, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit denied legislators’ motion to intervene in the case to defend North Carolina’s voter ID law. The Supreme Court is expected to hear oral arguments sometime between February and March.
 
House Speaker Tim Moore said, “We look forward to taking this fight to the U.S. Supreme Court. Attorney General Josh Stein has repeatedly put his political position above the will of the voters and cannot be trusted to defend North Carolina’s constitutional voter ID law.”
 
He continued, “The people have spoken. A resounding majority of North Carolina voters have approved voter ID at the ballot box. We will ensure their voices are heard. We will mount a vigorous defense of the law on behalf of the citizens of North Carolina.” 

North Carolina Budget Brings New Projects to Cleveland County

The state budget was signed into law last week after passing both chambers of the North Carolina General Assembly. The final budget included several items in Cleveland County, NC.
 
These projects include:
 
  • $59 million for a new Cleveland County Courthouse
  • $450,000 for a Mobile Unit for the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office
  • $50,000 for the Crisis Pregnancy Center of Cleveland County
  • $1.5 million for the Cleveland County Community College Prison site
  • $585,000 for the Cleveland County Prison Education Center
  • $450,000 for the Cleveland County Law Enforcement training center
  • $698,277 to fund a new Public Defender in Cleveland County
  • Funding for a District Attorney Investigator Position
  • $20,000 to the Casar Volunteer Fire Department, Inc.
  • $113,663 for the Cleveland County Lifesaving and Rescue Squad, Inc.
  • $420,000 to the Upper Cleveland Rescue Squad, Inc.
  • $250,000 for the Cleveland County Rescue Mission
  • $5 million for a health center in Cleveland County
 
  • $10 million for the Cleveland County Community College Student Center
  • $350,000 Cleveland County Vocational Industries
  • $200,000 for the Cleveland County Fair
  • $150,000 to the City of Shelby Recreation Department
  • $750,000 for the Kings Mountain YMCA
  • $4.9 million to Cleveland County Athletic Facilities
  • $2.2 million to the American Legion World Series in Cleveland County
 
  • $19 million for Cleveland County water and sewer projects
  • $7.4 million to the City of Shelby for water and sewer projects
  • $39 million for Kings Mountain water and sewer projects
  • $250,000 for Kings Mountain Lake Moss remediation
 
  • $50,000 to Kingstown
  • $100,000 to Kings Mountain
  • $10,000 to Casar                                         
  • $10,000 to Polkville
  • $10,000 to Fallston
  • $10,000 to Waco
House Speaker Tim Moore said, “The budget process and negotiations took months to get to a final product– a budget that is great for ALL of North Carolina, and particularly for Cleveland County. It has been my honor to represent Cleveland County these ten years and I believe this budget serves my constituents well.”

North Carolina General Assembly State Budget Signed by Governor Cooper

Today, shortly after the North Carolina House gave its final approval in an overwhelming bipartisan vote, Governor Cooper signed the North Carolina state budget (SB 105) into law.
 
House Speaker Tim Moore said, “Today is a great day for all of North Carolina. Finally, the citizens of North Carolina have a comprehensive spending package for the first time since 2018. Now that Governor Cooper has signed SB 105 into law, we have finally given our state a budget they can truly be proud of and one that meets the most critical needs of North Carolinians.”
 
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North Carolina House Gives Final Approval to State Budget In Overwhelming Bipartisan Vote

Today, the North Carolina House of Representatives, in an overwhelming bipartisan vote of 101- 10, gave final passage to the most significant State Budget in a generation.
 
From infrastructure, health care, disaster relief, the programs supporting our military veterans and their families, historic education funding to pay raises for teachers and state employees, income tax cuts and PPP loan forgiveness for small businesses impacted by the pandemic, this budget is one in a generation. will make North Carolina even stronger as our state continues to grow. These investments ensure a brighter future for our citizens, keep our economy strong and the generations to come.
 
House Speaker Tim Moore said, “For the first time since 2018, North Carolina will finally have comprehensive state budget. This is an historic day for our state and a great day for all North Carolinians.”
 
He continued, “The budget that has passed today and will be signed by Governor Cooper is the product of much time, hard work and the invaluable contributions from our Appropriations Chairs, Members of both Chambers, the Governor, stakeholders and staff. The significant investments made in this spending package demonstrate to all North Carolinians that we see these needs and are meeting them where they are at.”

North Carolina House Gives Wide Bipartisan Approval to State Budget

Today, following months of good-faith, bipartisan negotiations between Republican Leadership and Democrats, the General Assembly approved the most significant State Budget in a generation.
 
The 2021 Appropriations Act, SB 105, makes historic investments in four critical areas: education, healthcare, infrastructure, and savings. The plan also maps out a pro-growth tax policy for the balance of this decade. 
 
The State of North Carolina has:
 
Never invested more money in Education
Never invested more in Health & Human Services
Never invested more in Infrastructure & our Communities 
Never saved more for the Future and Returned More Money to hardworking taxpayers and families
Never invested more in our military and veterans and their families
 
Until now.
 
House Speaker Tim Moore said, “The bipartisan passage of the 2021 Appropriations Act today marks an historic moment for our state. This budget makes historic investments to address some of the most crucial needs across our state, including historic education funding, a record $8 billion infrastructure plan, plans to address the healthcare needs brought to the forefront by the pandemic, all while cutting taxes and continuing to build back stronger than before. Never has the State of North Carolina been in a stronger position to serve its citizens, secure its future, and compete globally.”
 
He continued, “I grateful for the members of this General Assembly, particularly our Republican leadership, House Democratic Conferees, and the many citizens and stakeholders who contributed to this process. We look forward to this budget becoming law and are fully confident the future dividends will be enjoyed by all of North Carolina’s families for decades to come.”