Senator Wesley Meredith – N.C. Senate District 19 (Cumberland)

1. Why do you wish to serve or continue to serve in the NC General Assemble?

To continue the work started in 2011 to reduce taxes, over burdensome regulations, increase teachers pay and create jobs.

2.  What are the top three challenges facing North Carolina and how do you propose to address them through your office?

Jobs:  work with state and local government to make North Carolina the most business friendly state.
Education:  working to raise teachers pay to national average.
Taxes:  lowering taxes and reducing regulations to help businesses grow.

3.  There is a statewide issue with unmaintained roads in neighborhoods recently referred to as “orphaned roads.”  A bill was introduced in the General Assembly this year but did not move forward.  What are your thoughts for solving this problem?

SB 778 had an additional amendment added during the short session dealing with charter schools.  This is what stopped the bill from becoming law.  The bill needs to be re-introduced in the next long session.

4.  What NEW ideas or incentives can you suggest to attract business into the region?

I helped get an appropriation of 7.7 million dollars to start a residency program at Cape Fear Valley Hospital.  This will create 350 jobs with a pay range from $50,000 to $450,000.00.

5.  Do you support a further extension of a tax on services in North Carolina?  Why or why not?

Yes, we need to broaden the base so we can lower taxes for all North Carolinians.

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