AFP-NC is part of the nation’s premier grassroots organization committed to advancing every individual’s right to economic freedom and opportunity. AFP-NC believes reducing the size and scope of government is the best safeguard to ensuring individual productivity and prosperity. AFP-NC educates and engages citizen leaders in support of restraining local, state and federal government growth, and returning government to its constitutional limit. AFP-NC also actively supports legislation that expands economic freedom.
Americans for Prosperity-North Carolina is one of the original three state chapters of Americans for Prosperity. The organization has existed since the late 1990’s as Citizens for a Sound Economy.
Today Americans for Prosperity-North Carolina has over 160,000 grassroots activists in all 100 counties. The group holds organizational meetings throughout the state.
AFP-NC is been successful in beating local efforts to raise meals, sales and transfer taxes. Americans for Prosperity also has help stop statewide tax increases and works to protect private property.
Americans for Prosperity Foundation is a 501 C3 not for profit organization
Americans for Prosperity is a 501-C4 not for profit organization
AFP-NC 2014 LEGISLATIVE AGENDA
- Medicaid Reform – The State Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has said that state Medicaid will see a budget overrun topping $120 million.
AFP will advocate for and SUPPORT legislation that would reform North Carolina’s Medicaid program and prevent cost overruns.
- Common Core – AFP does not believe a federal, one-size-fits-all approach to education is the answer to meaningful education reform. A federal approach to education reform does not improve quality of education. Local school boards, teachers, and parents have the greatest say in their children’s education and would support reform to eliminate the federal standards.
A state legislative commission has proposed to replace the current reading and math standards with a new set of learning standards for public schools that meets North Carolina’s needs with new education benchmarks to be created by the State Board of Education.
AFP will SUPPORT legislation to remove North Carolina from the federal government’s Common Core State Standards Initiative.
- Certificate of Need (CON) – A mandated federal law from the 1970’s that requires almost every medical service provider to seek approval from DHHS to operate. The federal government lifted its CON-planning mandate in 1987 due to CON’s failure to produce cost containment and many states have now eliminated their CON law. However, North Carolina has retained the law and now has one of the most restrictive CON laws in the country, which limits choices for patients and has driven up healthcare costs.
Reform through legislation would bring market-driven, patient focused healthcare reform to North Carolina that would ultimately lead to reduced healthcare costs. The NC Legislative Committee on Market-Based Solutions and Elimination of Anti-Competitive Practices in Health Care is anticipated to make a recommendation to the General Assembly to reform, if not entirely eliminate, NC’s CON laws.
AFP will SUPPORT legislation to reform or eliminate CON laws.
- Privilege License Tax – Currently allows local authorities to impose a tax on business owners to operate a business within municipalities franchised areas. Tax varies from $50 to thousands of dollars per year.
AFP OPPOSES this tax in general, but would SUPPORT legislation to, at least, reform the law and cap the tax at $100.
- Film Production Tax Incentives – These crony capitalist tax loopholes are set to expire year-end 2014 per a legislative agreement in 2013. The State Department of Commerce has stated they want to reinstate these special interest credits.
AFP will OPPOSE any legislation seeking to re-implement these tax loopholes.
- Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) – This green energy regulation requires North Carolina power utilities to buy 3 percent of their energy from renewable sources like waste wood, wind and solar, with the requirement rising to 12.5 percent by 2021. This mandate means that North Carolina families and businesses face higher energy costs since renewable energy sources are more expensive than natural gas and coal. Increased costs on power companies are passed on to consumers.
AFP will SUPPORT a repeal of the RPS.
- Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR) – Now that tax reform was passed in 2013, citizens need to be able to hold lawmakers accountable for keeping taxes low. AFP supports legislation for a TABOR. A Taxpayer Bill-of-Rights (TABOR) as a vehicle for keeping future taxation and spending within specific, objective parameters set by populations and inflation.
In the event there is not enough support for a TABOR this session, AFP seeks a pledge to keep spending stable.
AFP will SUPPORT TABOR or any legislation that seeks to implement government spending limits.
- Energy – Offshore drilling, for oil and natural gas, requires permission from federal government. Governor McCrory has been charged, by the General Assembly, with creating a regional interstate compact with Georgia, South Carolina and Virginia, on this issue.
The Mining Resources Commission will issue rules later this year for hydraulic fracturing. These rules must be approved by the General Assembly.
AFP will SUPPORT legislative measures for expansion of onshore fracturing using safe, proven methodologies, as well as offshore drilling.
- Expand School Choice- An expansion of North Carolina’s existing private school choice programs – the Opportunity Scholarships and the Children with Disabilities Scholarship Grants – will result in a fiscal savings to the state. However, legislative measures to expand the program may be hampered by legal proceedings filed by interveners intent on destroying school choice.
AFP will SUPPORT any and all expansion of North Carolina’s school choice programs. We believe that North Carolina families deserve educational freedom.
- Eminent Domain/Property Rights – House Bill 8 (currently stalled in Senate Judiciary Committee) would revise State Constitution to limit governmental ability to claim land under eminent domain powers. If passed in the State Senate, this measure would turn into a statewide ballot referendum.