Paul Stam

North Carolina House Republican Leader

Post archive for ‘Press Releases’

What Happened During the 2014 Session?(0)

1. Balanced the budget for the fourth straight year without a tax increase (Appropriations Act of 2014,(SB 744)). 2. Provided the largest overall teacher pay raise in nine years by giving public school educators an average 6.92% raise (Appropriations Act of 2014, (SB 744)). 3. Funded a $1000 pay raise (plus benefits and 5 extra […]

The 2014 Dispute over Lottery Advertising Raises Some Eyebrows(0)

Raleigh, NC — During the budget development process, the House proposed to double the quantity of Lottery advertising (from 1% to 2% of revenue), but add the restrictions the House had passed 99-12 in the Honest Lottery Act (HB 156). The Senate Appropriations Committee met on June 12, 2014 to discuss lottery advertising. To continue […]

Why Voters Should Support the Constitutional Amendment for Criminal Defendants to Waive Jury Trials(0)

Raleigh, NC—During the 2013 Long Session the North Carolina General Assembly passed Senate Bill 399, “Criminal Defendant May Waive Jury Trial.” If approved on November 4, 2014 the legislation will amend the North Carolina Constitution to provide that an accused person may waive the right to a jury trial and be tried by a Superior […]

2014 “Short Session” Update(2)

This was the first session in 144 years that a Republican Governor had a Republican majority in the General Assembly. We had a lot to do: While the budget has been finalized, the General Assembly still has more business to take up in 2014. We will be back in Raleigh on November 17th for a […]

North Carolina House Votes to Preserve the Child Fatality Task Force(1)

Raleigh, NC – The North Carolina House of Representatives voted 87 to 4 on Friday to remove language from House Bill 1133, “Technical and Other Corrections,” which would have eliminated North Carolina’s Child Fatality Task Force (CFTF). CFTF’s members consist of legislators, doctors, and representatives from commissions and advocacy groups from across the state. Representative […]

New Building Rules(0)

Ladies and Gentlemen, Attached are the new rules for visiting the North Carolina General Assembly complex. I also attach some of the editorials and articles depicting these rules to be unreasonable or restrictive. The legislative complex welcomes visitors year round except for holidays established by the Office of State Human Resources. During session, the legislative […]

The Logic of Toll Roads(1)

 “Good tax policy decrees that wherever possible a fee for a service should be assessed against those who directly benefit from that service.”[1] Ronald Reagan The Toll Road program is an important tool to be included in the measures for building public infrastructure. Use of Toll Roads can greatly accelerate the implementation of crucial projects. […]

NC Supreme Court Lifts the Injunction on the Opportunity Scholarship Program(0)

Raleigh, N.C. — On May 14, the North Carolina Supreme Court granted the parents’ request to stay the preliminary injunction of the Opportunity Scholarship Program. This is wonderful news for all of the families that applied for the scholarships. Before the program was enjoined, the North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority (NCSEAA) received over 5,500 […]

Who Really Put a Heavy Tax Burden on the Poor?(0)

Raleigh – Harry Reid’s PAC ads claim that Republicans raised taxes for most North Carolinians. I attribute that nonsense to his poor research team. But I then get somewhat confused when I hear Senate Minority Leader Dan Blue, Senate Minority Whip Josh Stein or Senator Floyd McKissick, Black Caucus Leader claim that Republican Tax Reform […]

Lottery Newsletter Spreads Irrelevant Information(0)

Raleigh – The North Carolina Lottery Commission announced on Tuesday, January 28, 2014, record breaking lottery sales: such sales contribute to State education funding. However, the release provides no context. This continues the lottery commission’s attempt to burnish its image despite the facts. An example of such an attempt is the commission’s October 2013 newsletter. […]