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I am proud that the work I and my fellow legislators are doing to protect the citizens of North Carolina from tax hikes through implementing fiscal conservative values is getting recognition nationally. As we work to bring jobs and create a business friendly atmosphere, as demonstrated by the article on my previous post, we are not forgetting the middle class and families. I am proud to be a part of the creation of this fiscal model and look forward to finding new solutions to help protect you and your family from tax hikes in the future.

The article can be found here.


North Carolina is now the “best state in the Nation” to start a business. Fit Small Business, who conducted the national study, found that North Carolina’s labor markets and taxes help create a more business friendly environment than other states. I am proud to have co-sponsored legislation that was included in our budget to drive down tax rates for businesses while also lessening the tax burden for families. With this new business climate, North Carolinians can expect more job opportunities and more revenue coming to our state.

Please find the article here.



Raleigh, N.C. –In working with the Pisgah Conservancy, Senator Chuck Edwards drafted S119 “Pisgah Conservancy Special Registration Plate.”

Last night, as Legislative Session came to a close, Senator Chuck Edwards’ bill to create this special plate passed the Senate and House of Representatives unanimously.

“Since my childhood, the Pisgah National Forest served as my playground and my family’s entertainment. There, my parents and grandparents taught me to love and appreciate the beauty and bounty of the mountains. When I learned of the efforts of John Cottingham and the Pisgah Conservancy, that nostalgia motivated me to want to help them out. I appreciate that John and so many others are working to preserve the Forest for future generations to enjoy and learn as did I.”

-Senator Chuck Edwards

About The Pisgah Conservancy

The mission of The Pisgah Conservancy is “to provide funding to preserve the natural resources and scenic beauty of the Pisgah Ranger District and to enhance the recreational experience of all visitors to Pisgah.” The Pisgah Ranger District extends over 162,000 acres with approximately 25,943 acres of wilderness. For more information visit


Raleigh, N.C. – The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday became the second federal court to dismiss a lawsuit against a North Carolina law that protects the First Amendment religious freedom rights of magistrates and register of deeds employees while complying with the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on marriage.

“Once again, a federal court has rejected the idea that exercising one’s First Amendment religious freedoms somehow infringes on others’ rights – which was made clear when the plaintiffs couldn’t find even one North Carolinian who was unable to get married under this law,” said Senate Leader Phil Berger (R-Rockingham), who sponsored the bill.

The law preserves the ability of everyone who is legally eligible to get married, but makes clear that magistrates and registers of deeds’ employees with religious objections have the right to recuse themselves from performing all marriage ceremonies – without fear of losing their jobs or facing criminal prosecution.


I am very proud of today's Senatorial Statement, submitted by my friend and colleague, Senator Norman Sanderson.  You can read the text below.



WHEREAS, millions of North Carolinians have benefited from the courageous service of first responders across the State; and

WHEREAS, the police, firefighters, emergency medical workers, State troopers, and public health personnel (commonly known as first responders) work devotedly and selflessly on behalf of the people of this nation, regardless of the peril or hazard to themselves; and

WHEREAS, in emergency situations, first responders carry out the critical role of protecting and ensuring public safety; and

WHEREAS, the men and women who bravely serve as first responders have found themselves on the frontlines of homeland defense in the war against terrorism; and

WHEREAS, first responders are called upon in the event of a natural disaster, such as Hurricane Matthew and the western North Carolina wild fires in 2016; and

WHEREAS, North Carolina has 504 law enforcement agencies, 24,000 police officers, 51,000 firefighters, 1,600 State Troopers, and 40,500 emergency medical technicians that risk their lives every day to make our communities safe; and

WHEREAS, these 24,000 sworn police officers from State, tribal, city, and county law enforcement agencies protect lives and property, detect and prevent crimes, uphold the law, and ensure justice; and

WHEREAS, these 51,000 firefighters, both volunteer and career, provide fire suppression, emergency medical services, search and rescue, hazardous materials response, suspected terrorism response, and critical fire prevention and safety education; and

WHEREAS, the 1,600 State Troopers protect the lives and property, uphold the law, and ensure justice throughout our State; and

WHEREAS, the 40,500 emergency medical professionals in the State respond to and treat a variety of life threatening emergencies, from cardiac and respiratory arrest to traumatic injuries; and

WHEREAS, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, a total of 1,649 law enforcement officers throughout our country died in the line of duty during the past 10 years, an average of one death every 53 hours or 165 per year; and

WHEREAS, according to the United States Fire Administration, from 1996 through 2005 over 1,500 firefighters were killed in the line of duty and tens of thousands were injured; and

WHEREAS, four in five medics are injured on the job, more than one in two (50%) have been assaulted by a patient, and one in two (50%) have been exposed to an infectious disease; emergency medical service personnel in the United States have an estimated fatality rate of 12.7 per 100,000 workers, more than twice the national average for all occupations; and

WHEREAS, hundreds of first responders have made the ultimate sacrifice in North Carolina; and

WHEREAS, North Carolina's 117,100 first responders make personal sacrifices to protect our communities every day; and

WHEREAS, in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, America's firefighters, law enforcement officers, and emergency medical workers were universally recognized for the sacrifices they made on that tragic day and should be honored each year as these tragic events are remembered; and

WHEREAS, there currently exists no national day to honor the brave men and women of the first responder community, who give so much of themselves for the sake of others;

NOW, THEREFORE, the men and women who serve as first responders in this State deserve to be honored for their service to the people of North Carolina.