NC Senate District 27 Legislative updates & Information
Highlights of the 2016 - 2017 Budget Education – Increases Funding
Increases education funding by $512 million over the enacted 2016-17 budget.
the average teacher pay above $50,000 for the first time in state
history. And, when fully implemented, it would mean average teacher
salaries are up almost $10,000 – more than 20 percent – under Republican
leadership since the 2013-14 school year.
the commitment to lower class sizes in the early grades – a step
research has repeatedly shown is key to academic success – by hiring
close to 450 additional first grade teachers.
the Read to Achieve, School Connectivity, Teach for America, and
Communities in Schools programs from being cut by the Department of
Fully funds teacher assistant positions at the 2014-2015 level.
no in-state tuition increases for a standard undergraduate college term
(usually 4 years) at all North Carolina public universities, not only
providing certainty to families who are budgeting for college costs and
taxpayers who heavily subsidize tuition, but also additional incentive
to students to complete their degrees on time. This tuition guarantee
would also apply to active members of the military based in North
student fees – often used to fund non-academic expenses – at all North
Carolina public universities at current levels and limits future
increases to no more than three percent per academic year.
tuition at select universities from the mountains to the coast to
$1,000 per year for in-state students and $5,000 per year for
out-of-state students, ensuring all North Carolinians have an affordable
option. This would also help attract new students to universities with
lower enrollment, make those schools more stable and competitive and
stimulate struggling regional economies that sometimes transcend the
state’s borders. The reduced tuition would apply to the following
schools beginning in the Fall of 2018:
Elizabeth City State University
University of North Carolina at Pembroke
Western Carolina University
Taxes – Lowers Tax Burden
major tax relief to the middle class and small businesses by making the
first $17,500 a family earns exempt from income tax over the next two
years. This means a family making the N.C. median household income of
$44,000 annually will see an additional tax cut of $110 next year alone.
an immediate $145 million tax cut this year and an additional $205
million tax cut next year, mostly benefitting middle class families and
Environment – Increases Funding to Protect the Environment
Increases funding for the Clean Water Management Trust Fund by $8.6 million.
funds to the Board of Governors of North Carolina to oversee a
continuing study and analysis of nutrient management strategies and
compilation of existing water quality data for Jordan and Falls Lakes.
part of its rule review process, the Environmental Management
Commission shall hold public hearings and convene a stakeholders working
group that will provide input regarding the revisions to the nutrient
Directs federal funds to a broadband initiative and water and sewer projects in public schools.
off an outstanding $37 million loan from the federal government that
Gov. Jim Hunt borrowed in 1999 and deferred payment on for over 15
years, saving the state $45 million in interest over the next 30 years.
Invests $12 million to implement state of the art software to ease tax filing for North Carolinians.
"More Money In Your Pocket"
If there is one thing you should know about the changes we’ve
made to North Carolina’s tax code, it is that the vast majority of North
Carolinians are keeping more of their own tax dollars. Personal income
and sales taxes have been cut significantly for North Carolinians of ALL
Tax reforms enacted by the legislature cut taxes by close to $2.7 billion in FY 2015-16.
We ensured taxpayers married filing jointly pay no state
personal income tax on their first $15,500 of income. And next year the
personal income tax rate will drop even further to 5.499 percent. When
Republicans assumed leadership in 2011, even North Carolinians in the
lowest income bracket paid a 6 percent rate.
In 2017, North Carolina families and small businesses will be
saving another $720 million annually on their personal income taxes.
That is compared to just $166 million in sales tax base expansion.
The tax reforms we passed are working – by broadening our base
and lowering our rates, we’re boosting the state’s climate for job
creation, driving down unemployment and returning more money to the
North Carolina families and small businesses that earned it.
North Carolina’s per capita personal income is growing faster
than the national average. And even though we’ve dramatically lowered
taxes, we’ve also increased North Carolina’s average per pupil spending
up to pre-recession levels.
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