The Four Seasons

The 2019 long session kicked off on a cold day in January. The majority’s budget was crafted in the warmth of spring and vetoed in the heat of summer. Fall’s beauty has taken a back seat to brief floor sessions with a paucity of votes, many ‘no vote’ sessions, a few hastily called committee meetings, […]

RSVP to the Wake County Listening Tour

Join me & other Wake state House reps on a Listening Tour this Thurs 7/25—hear about the current legislative session, ask questions, and give feedback! RSVP Here:   Please note: The NC House does not typically convene on Thursday evening. However, if the NC House is called into session to vote on legislation, we […]

March Madness Isn’t Just About Basketball

March is the mid-point of a 3 month NCGA marathon to get policy ideas fleshed out, bills drafted and sponsors lined up—all before a self-imposed legislative clock runs out. Most bills fit into 5 categories—local bills (affecting 13 or fewer counties); statewide public bills that raise or spend money (one category) and those that do […]

All about the (proposed) budget

The budget process The biennial budget dance began March 6 when Gov. Roy Cooper rolled out his proposal: $25.2 B for fiscal year (FY) 2019-20 and $25.96 for FY 2020-21, described as containing “visionary investments in education, health care and infrastructure with no tax increases”. In this budget the state’s 10% share of Medicaid expansion […]

March 2019 Legislative Update

The General Assembly returned to Raleigh on January 30. As a result of the 2018 elections there are now 65 Republicans and 55 Democrats, breaking the Republican supermajority that had been in place since 2013. I expect a much better environment for bipartisanship, a plus for crafting good legislation. It will definitely be needed to […]

North Carolina Telephone Town Hall on Medicaid Expansion

You Are Invited to a Tele-Town Hall on February 5 I want to hear your thoughts on health care issues in the legislature. Register and join the Telephone Town Hall Meeting sponsored by The State Innovation Exchange. Share your ideas on Tuesday, February 5th, from 6:00 to 7:00 pm EST. Once you’ve signed up, just answer your […]