We did it together! AFP members advance free market economic legislation in

August 01, 2011

It has been an exciting week at the General Assembly. In fact, the entire long session so far has been action-packed. Grassroots activism–in the form of voter education, emails and phone calls to legislators, rallies at the legislature and visiting elected officials—eventually results in good new policy for North Carolinians! (See the list below.)

Activists have come in carpools to Raleigh from as far away as New Bern, Wilmington and Asheville to rally in front of the state legislature in support of overrides of Governor Bev Perdue’s job killing vetoes. AFP members from across the state have visited their elected officials, made their presence known in the gallery, emailed, called and wrote letters.

Before the legislature returned on July 13, Americans for Prosperity held a Veto Bev Perdue rally to encourage lawmakers to override Bev Perdue’s vetoes of key job creating bills such as Medical Malpractice reform, the Energy Jobs Act, regulatory reform and others.

Click here to see photos from our Veto Bev event.

After the rally the Senate overrode 6 vetoes on July 13. It was then the State House’s turn. As the North Carolina House returned, Americans for Prosperity launched another grassroots mobilization effort to support override of key jobs bills.

Click here to watch the NC house speaker address the AFP rally for free market jobs bills.

Americans for Prosperity celebrated the final override of three bills –Medical Malpractice Reform (SB 33), Regulatory Reform (SB 781) and Medicaid and Health Choice Provider Requirements (SB 496) – laws that that will increase jobs in North Carolina by clarifying and updating regulations and laws so that businesses can move forward with more certainty.

Click here to see photos from our Bright new day for jobs rally, in support of overriding Governor Perdue’s vetoes of free market job creating bills.

In addition, another jobs bill veto was overridden: Employment Security Commission Jobs Reform (SB 532). This bill will help create jobs by reforming one of the state’s most dysfunctional agencies, so employers can spend their time creating wealth and jobs not dealing with government bureaucrats.

Americans for Prosperity is pleased that our grassroots members helped some very significant free-market legislation become law this session:

Medical Malpractice Reform expands access to care and will attract scores of new medical jobs. Under the current system, North Carolina doctors are forced to administer expensive and unnecessary tests and procedures. The high cost of that defensive medicine is then passed on to consumers in the form of higher insurance costs and to taxpayers in the form of costlier taxpayer-funded medical programs for the poor.

Regulatory Reform clarifies and simplifies some of North Carolina’s confusing and outdated regulations, making it easier for citizens and businesses to attain permits and rely on more predictable guidelines. State agencies have added or changed more than 15,000 rules over the past decade, many of which create uncertainty in the private sector and impede job creation.

Medicaid and Health Choice Provider Requirements clarifies and strengthens requirements of Medicaid and Health Choice providers. This will save money for taxpayers.

Employment Security Commissions/Jobs Reform makes changes to one of the state’s most dysfunctional agencies.

Became law earlier this session:

Budget with ZERO tax increases allowing the temporary sales and income taxes to sunset as planned. A budget with zero tax increases was not only passed, but historically vetoed by the Governor and historically overridden by the House and Senate. By reducing spending by more than $1.4 billion, it’s finally making North Carolina’s government live within its means.

Removed cap on the number of charter schools and raised the enrollment cap for existing charter schools from 10% to 20%.

Tax credit for Special Needs Students will allow parents to choose which public or private school is correct for their special needs.

Amend Environmental Laws will simplify outdated rules and regulations.

Tort Reform for Businesses and Citizens will help protect North Carolina business from worthless junk lawsuits.

Annexation Laws Reform The long-overdue, comprehensive annexation reform the legislature passed will keep municipalities from forcibly annexing private property and saddling residents with the high costs of hooking up to municipal services. This is the first time North Carolina’s annexation laws have been reformed in more than 50 years.

Repeal Land Transfer Tax This unpopular tax will no longer be an option for counties.

Promoted Level Playing Field/Government Competition legislation which protects private jobs and investment by regulating local government competition with private businesses in the communications industry.

Business exemption allowed for the first $50,000 in business income for those businessmen who file individual income tax form.

Workers Comp Reform clarified and strengthened workmens comp rules and regulations.

High School Accreditation Bill prohibits state-run colleges from considering whether a student came from an accredited school (except for state agency accreditation). Aimed at accrediting agencies that bully school boards on basis of political disagreement.

The General Assembly will return to Raleigh on September 12th. We will be supporting the eminent domain constitutional amendment, override of the governor’s veto of the energy jobs act along with a cut or cap of the state tax on gasoline, and an override of Governor Perdue’s veto of the NCAE dues check-off bill. This bill would no longer require taxpayers and the state of North Carolina to collect dues on behalf of unions.

Have a great summer and congratulations on being a part of free market history being made in Raleigh!


Dallas Woodhouse
State Director
Americans for Prosperity

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