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Reader’s Forum 11-27-13

 

Sen. Curtis touts GA accomplishments

 

Since the legislature adjured several months ago, I have had time to reflect on my first session in the North Carolina General Assembly. I campaigned as a Republican who would work to apply conservative economic principles to help our economy. We had an incredibly successful legislative session.

The following are examples of some of the conservative principles we followed to enact legislation:

Tax reform — Ronald Reagan believed that a simple flat tax was the key to economic growth. We updated our antiquated tax code with a flat personal income tax and reduced the corporate income tax. All the tax cuts should give North Carolina taxpayers about a $1 billion tax cut over the next three years. We improved our state tax status from 44th worst in the country to the 17th best.

Regulatory reform — We enacted legislation that requires all state regulatory rules to be reviewed and to be eliminated if they cannot be justified. This reform will reduce the cost of doing business in our state.

Education reform — Our school systems in this district are doing well but many school systems in our state are doing a poor job educating our students. We started the process to give more parental choice, teacher accountability and competition in our education system. We are confident that these reforms will result in better schools.

Transportation reform — Under the old system powerful politicians were able to get road projects built in their districts with no economic justification required. Some projects were even put into law, which means the Department of Transportation was legally required to build them ahead of needed projects. We removed all projects from the law and created a system in which the DOT has to use a clear transparent system to rank projects based on economic need and allocate transportation money accordingly.

I am confident that these reforms will result in a stronger economy, more job creation, and a better education system.

It is an honor to serve as your state senator.

 

Sen. David Curtis

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