NC Chamber Names NC House Speaker Tim Moore a 2023 Jobs Champion

Raleigh, NC – The NC Chamber has named NC House Speaker Tim Moore a 2023 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 2023 legislative session.

NC House Speaker Tim Moore said, “I am honored to be named a jobs champion by the NC Chamber. Thanks to the diligent, fiscally responsible work of the NC House of Representatives, our state is the best for business and an example to others nationwide. I look forward to the hard work before us to maintain that status, continue to invest in workforce development, and bring even more jobs to North Carolina.”

“As we work to maintain our status as the top state for business, North Carolina’s job creators need to know which of our leaders are willing to act to keep us competitive,” said NC Chamber President and CEO Gary Salamido.

He continued, “The bold leadership displayed by Speaker Moore and other NC Chamber Jobs Champions in 2023 will help our businesses continue to invest in North Carolina and its people. We look forward to continuing to work with Speaker Moore in the year ahead to foster continued growth and success across our communities.”

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.

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Speaker Moore Statement on Anti-Israel Protest That Halted Durham Traffic for Hours

On Thursday, November 2, 2023, traffic came to a standstill during the evening commute due to a group of protestors who blocked two lanes of traffic on the Durham Freeway. Traffic was halted for hours until protestors eventually dispersed. No arrests were made.

NC House Speaker Tim Moore said, “I unequivocally condemn the pro-Hamas protests that obstructed traffic during the peak of the rush hour commute for many in the Triangle yesterday. Let me be clear– those calling for a “ceasefire” are sympathizing with Hamas when we should all be standing firmly with Israel for the duration of their response to the unprovoked attack by Hamas on October 7th.”

He continued, “Rather than exercise law and order, the City of Durham and the Cooper administration allowed protesters to take over a state highway for hours and block citizens from traveling to their destinations. We cannot condone lawlessness that impedes the daily lives of our citizens.”

NC House Speaker Tim Moore Visits Southern Border, Meets with North Carolina National Guard

Raleigh, NC – On October 28, 2023, North Carolina Speaker of the House Tim Moore paid a visit to the U.S.-Mexico Border Region.

During that visit, Speaker Moore was briefed by the Texas Department of Public Safety regarding the ongoing crisis at our southern border and met with members of the North Carolina National Guard who have been deployed there.

NC House Speaker Tim Moore said, “Headlines fail to capture the reality of the crisis at our southern border. I was humbled to visit in person to be briefed by Texas DPS and to witness firsthand the challenges that they are dealing with at the border.”

He continued, “There is an urgent need for policy change at the state and federal level, including a requirement that sheriffs fully cooperate with ICE officials and a greater effort to crack down on sanctuary cities. It’s time for Washington to wake up and finally crack down on illegal immigration and border crossings that have reached crisis levels under the Biden administration.”

Speaker Moore Directs State Flag Be Lowered to Half Staff in Honor of Israeli Victims of Terrorism

Yesterday, the North Carolina House of Representatives gave bipartisan approval to House Resolution 897, which extends support for the nation of Israel in light of the recent attacks by Hamas on Israeli civilians.

NC House Speaker Tim Moore said, “Yesterday, the North Carolina House of Representatives gave bipartisan approval to House Resolution 897, which extends our support to Israel in light of the recent attacks on their citizens by Hamas terrorists. The resolution also urges Congress and the Biden administration to extend our financial, intelligence, and any other support required by our friend Israel.”

He said, “For most of us, this was a simple choice: Denounce evil or walk away. Unfortunately, 12 of our members chose to take a walk. I chose to take a stand. Today, we will lower the North Carolina flag to half staff at the North Carolina Legislative Building in honor of the Israeli citizens slaughtered in these heinous attacks.”

North Carolina House Gives Bipartisan Approval to Resolution in Support of Israel

Today, the North Carolina House of Representatives gave bipartisan approval to House Resolution 897, which extends support for the nation of Israel in light of the recent attacks by Hamas on Israeli civilians.

North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore said, “Israel and the United States of America have been the closest of friends and allies thanks to the 75-year partnership between our two countries, built on mutual interests and shared values. The recent attacks on their innocent civilians by Hamas terrorists were unprovoked and brutally inhumane.”

He continued, “As our closest ally and friend in the Middle East, Israel deserves our unfettered support as they respond to this act of terrorism on their nation. I urge Congress and the Biden administration to extend our financial, intelligence, and any other support required by our friend Israel.”

North Carolina House Overrides Governor Cooper’s Veto of SB 747, “Elections Law Changes”

Today the North Carolina House has voted to override Governor Cooper’s veto of Senate Bill 747, a bill which will make significant improvements to North Carolina’s election laws and further strengthen the integrity of our elections.

North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore said, “North Carolina voters deserve to know their elections are safe and secure. Thankfully they can have that confidence now that we have overridden the Governor’s veto of this commonsense elections bill.”

Senate Bill 747:

  • Requires absentee ballots to be accepted by Election Day deadline.
  • Strengthens the rights of poll observers.
  • Prohibits election officials from accepting private money to administer elections.
  • Launches a pilot program for select counties to use signature verification software for absentee ballots.
  • Improves voter registration rolls by establishing a process for periodic removal of ineligible voters, including the deceased, convicted felons, and those who have moved.
  • Closes same-day registration loophole.

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Speaker Moore, Rep. Jake Johnson Secure Millions for Rutherford County Investments

Last week, the NC General Assembly gave final approval to the 2023 Appropriations Act, which included $94 million for Rutherford County, including:

  • $30.5 million to Rutherford County for capital improvements including improvements to the detention center and construction of a new sheriff’s office
  • $30 million for Isothermal Community College for the new Health Sciences Building 
  • $8 million for Chimney Rock Village water and sewer improvements
  • $1 million to the Town of Ellenboro for water and sewer upgrades
  • $4.578 million to the Town of Forest City for water and sewer upgrades
  • $3.63 million to the Town of Rutherfordton for water and sewer upgrades
  • $4 million to the Town of Rutherfordton for capital improvements including repair and renovations to municipal buildings
  • $1.65 million to the Town of Rutherfordton for fire and rescue department equipment
  • $2 million for the Town of Spindale for improvements to the town hall and fire and police services
  • $1.9 million to Green Hill Volunteer Fire Department 
  • $3 million to Shiloh-Danieltown-Oakland volunteer Fire Department
  • $1.2 million to Rutherford County Schools for upgrades and equipment for high school athletic facilities
  • $1.35 million to the Town of Bostic for water and sewer upgrades and stormwater infrastructure
  • $475,000 Bill’s Creek Community Volunteer Fire Department
  • $700,000 to the Town of Bostic for Bostic Volunteer Fire Department

North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore said, “I am proud to have secured the much-needed funding for Rutherford County and the many projects that will address immediate needs, revitalization for the future, and much more. Together, we will continue to make Rutherford County a wonderful place to live, work, and raise a family.”

Rep. Jake Johnson said, “I am pleased to share that, through careful budget planning and collaboration with fellow representatives, we have secured millions in funding for various initiatives and projects right here in Rutherford County. This funding is a testament to our shared commitment to the prosperity of Rutherford County. I want to express my gratitude to my colleagues, community leaders, and all residents who have been actively involved in advocating for these investments.”

NC House Speaker Tim Moore Secures Millions for Cleveland County Investments

Last week, the NC General Assembly gave final approval to the 2023 Appropriations Act, which included $139.8 million in investments for Cleveland County, including:

  • $39.385 million to the City of Kings Mountain to provide water and sewer upgrades and expand capacity for future growth
  • $17.025 million to Cleveland Community College for capital improvements and equipment
  • $40 million to Cleveland County for the construction of the courthouse and 911 facility
  • $5.29 million to Cleveland County Water for system improvements  
  • $3,995,500 to the City of Shelby for the restoration of the historic home of former Governor O. Max Gardner
  • $2.5 million to the Waco Community Volunteer Fire Department
  • $1.25 million for Boiling Springs Fire and Rescue Inc.
  • $2 million to the City of Shelby for sewer improvements to upgrade current systems and to expand capacity for future growth
  • $2 million to City of Shelby for the rails to trails project
  • $1 million to Cleveland County for the capital improvements and equipment at high school athletic facilities
  • $4 million to Cleveland County for cultural projects and programming, including museums and historic preservation
  • $2 million grant to Cleveland County
  • $1.5 million to the Pregnancy Resource Center of Cleveland County, Inc. for a new facility
  • $1.4 million to Cleveland County for Cleveland County volunteer fire departments
  • $10,000 to Broad River Genealogical Society to preserve history and connect people to the past, present, and future of Cleveland County
  • $250,000 to Casar Volunteer Fire Department 
  • $50,000 to the City of King’s Mountain to support the Liberty Mountain Drama in the audio and theatrical improvements
  • $1 million to Cleveland County to support entranceway, fencing, and restroom facility improvements at the Cleveland County Fair
  • $250,000 to Cleveland County to support the Lawndale Volunteer Fire Dept.
  • $75,057 to Cleveland County to support Number Seven Volunteer Fire Department in Lattimore
  • $630,458 to Cleveland County for the sheriff’s office’s public safety upgrades
  • $25,000 to Cleveland County to support The Davidson Association. 
  • $150,000 to Cleveland County ALWS Baseball Inc. for the American Legion World Series
  • $20,000 to the Cleveland County Family YMCA
  • $50,000 to the Cleveland County Music Hall of Fame
  • $10,000 to Community Math Academy, Inc. to provide educational and tutoring opportunities for students
  • $250,000 to the Fallston Community Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. 
  • $200,000 to the Friends of the Overmountain Victory Trail for trail development
  • $10,000 to the Healthcare Foundation of Cleveland County for capital improvements and equipment 
  • $1.25 million to Oak Grove Volunteer Fire Department, Inc.
  • $25,000 to Polkville Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. for capital improvements and equipment
  • $250,000 to the Shanghai Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. 
  • $750,000 to the Town of Boiling Springs to assist with the Downtown Revitalization Master Plan
  • $100,000 to the Town of Fallston for capital improvements and equipment for the recreational park
  • $145,000 to the Town of Waco for a playground expansion

North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore said, “I am so proud to have secured the much-needed funding for projects that make long-term investments in Cleveland County and the bright future ahead.”

2023 Appropriations Act Will Become Law, Enacting Major Conservative Policy Wins for North Carolina

Raleigh, NC – Today, after final Senate approval of the 2023 Appropriations Act, Governor Roy Cooper announced that although he will not sign the budget, he will allow it become law without his signature.

NC House Speaker Tim Moore said, “While I am disappointed that Governor Cooper has refused to sign the budget, I am grateful for the bipartisan support it has received and am looking forward to the 2023 Appropriations Act becoming law.”

He continued, “Thanks to the surplus achieved as a result of the last several years of fiscal responsibility by the Republican-led General Assembly, the 2023 Appropriations Act not only invests in the most pressing needs of North Carolinians, but includes several policy wins for our state. Some of these policies include fighting the onerous Green New Deal, enacting universal school choice, implementing election security, providing income tax relief, banning COVID-19 mandates, and more. I am proud of the budget that has passed both chambers today and look forward to the 2023 Appropriations Act becoming law so that North Carolina families can benefit from these conservative policy wins as soon as possible.”

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North Carolina House Gives Final Approval to 2023 Appropriations Act

Today the NC House of Representatives gave final approval to the 2023 Appropriations Act in a bipartisan vote.

Among other things, this budget expands school choice to all North Carolina families, cuts taxes, bans COVID-19 mandates, makes significant investments in rural infrastructure, and makes record investments in mental health.

NC House Speaker Tim Moore said, “I could not be prouder of the budget approved by the House today, and I am encouraged by the bipartisan support it received from my friends on the other side of the aisle. Thanks to the fiscally responsible work of this General Assembly on behalf of the people of North Carolina, we have made significant investments where they are needed most.”

He continued, “The record investments we have made in water and sewer infrastructure, mental health, workforce development, transportation, community colleges, education, and more, will have lasting impact on North Carolina families that will be felt statewide. I look forward to Senate approval and the Governor’s signature on the 2023 Appropriations Act so it can be enacted as soon as possible.”

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