Representative Mark Meadows Remembers Daniel Reid Simpson on US Floor

Longtime civil servant Daniel Reid Simpson passed away last month after battling Lewy Body Dementia. Simpson, of Glen Alpine, NC, lived an extraordinary life of service to his community. He served as a State Representative for three terms, before serving six terms in the North Carolina State Senate from 1985-1995. One of his proudest accomplishments was introducing and championing the bill that created Western Piedmont Community College. The entire community will feel the loss of Daniel Reid Simpson. I am grateful for his life of service and my prayers are with his family and friends.

Governor McCrory Gives State of the State Address

Governor McCrory outlines ambitious economic revival agenda in 2015 State of the State Address
After a very successful two years since entering office, Governor Pat McCrory presented a broad set of reforms and policies in his 2015 State of the State address on Wednesday evening. The governor focused on reforms and policies that will create more jobs and grow our economy, strengthen our education system for students and teachers, increase government efficiencies, build better roads, and put patients first when it comes to health care.
“Our economy is improving and our state is growing stronger and stronger with each week that passes,” said Governor McCrory. “We have had great success over the past two years, but there is still a lot of work to be done and that’s exactly what we will do.”



Representative Mike Hager has been elected as the House Republican Majority Leader for the 2015 Legislative Session.


North Carolina’s total state tax collections for the fiscal year ending June 30 are presently running somewhat over $190 million dollars behind what was budgeted when the budget was adopted last year.  Of course, final results will depend on collections between now and June 30, especially those coming in on April 15. Our staff experts tell us that, while unemployment numbers are improving for the state, job growth has not increased to the point to cause wages to increase.  It is an increase in the general level of wages that they believe will eventually cause personal income tax collections to rise.   At this point in time, our legislative staff is suggesting possible growth of 2.2% in revenues for the fiscal year that will begin July 1st.

New Salary Schedules for Teachers

After the budget was adopted last year, lots of charges and claims were made about pay cuts for teachers. I have been assured by our fiscal staff on more than one occasion that no teacher should have received any reduction in pay over the amount they made last school year, including both their base and longevity pay.  Indeed, the assurances given me are that all teachers should have received some raise, though some indeed smaller than others.  Moreover, the new pay scale should insure that longevity pay equivalents are now included in the pay scale and that the percentage raises announced by the legislature are on top of base and longevity pay received for last school year.  The difference is that longevity pay will no longer be paid as a separate, once-a-year payment but will be included in monthly payments.  To put it somewhat differently, the new pay scale is intended to include the old base pay, plus the old longevity pay, plus the raise for the particular step of the pay scale where the individual teacher falls.


The Burke County Republican Party played host to approximately 350  Burke County residents at its annual Lincoln Day Dinner.  The keynote speaker was Commissioner of Labor Cherie Berry.  Commission Berry informed the group about the many facets of the Department of Labor and related several personal stories about the Departments interaction with the citizens of North Carolina.  She also announced that she will be seeking re-election in 2016.  Governor Pat McCrory and US Senator Thom Tillis were guest speakers and updated the attendees on state and federal items of concern.

Many Burke County officials stated that this was the best turnout in years.  Chairman Richard Epley announced that Burke County only needs 60 additional Republican registered voters to call Burke County REPUBLICAN!