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2015 House Legislative Achievements

In his first speech on the floor of the House following his unanimous election, Speaker Moore stressed the importance of bipartisan cooperation, stating “The answers are never Republican or Democrat, they’re North Carolina answers. Eighty-five percent of the time, we’re generally in agreement. It’s that 15 percent that gets talked about more.”

Moore undertook an ambitious, bipartisan legislative agenda aimed at building on North Carolina’s job growth under his predecessor and lowering taxes for all North Carolinians, while still fully funding important traditional government functions, such as education and infrastructure.

2015 State Budget and Tax Package

Speaker Moore shepherded the annual State Budget and Tax Package through the North Carolina General Assembly, using it as a vehicle for passing many of the House’s and his legislative priorities. Among the highlights of the FY 2015-2016 State Budget and Tax Package are:

  1. Increased K-12 funding by five percent, or $410 million, from the base budget, and fully funded every teaching position in the State.
  2. Fully funded Teaching Assistants and placed their funding in the base budget, thereby ending the yearly fight over their fate.
  3. Increased the starting pay for teachers in their first four years from $33,000 per year to $35,000 per year.
  4. All teachers and state employees received a $750 bonus during the year 2015.
  5. All sworn officers of the North Carolina Highway Patrol received a three percent salary increase.
  6. Eliminated the annual transfer from the Highway Trust Fund to the General Fund, thereby shoring up the Highway Trust Fund.
  7. Provided an additional $440 million in road funding.
  8. Added $600 million to the Savings Reserve, also known as the “Rainy Day Fund,” to ensure that North Carolina would be better prepared for any potential economic downturn in the future.
  9. Restored the Historic Preservation Tax Credit and provided $30 million for grants to the film industry in North Carolina.
  10. Cut the State Personal Income Tax Rate from 5.75 percent to 5.499 percent and allowed for unlimited medical and charitable deductions.

The budget passed by a bipartisan 81-33 majority, with 11 Democrats joining all of the chamber’s Republicans in approving the budget.

Medicaid Reform

Speaker Moore placed a great emphasis on passing meaningful Medicaid reform during his first year leading the House. He achieved this goal with the passage of House Bill 372, which provided, among other things, for shifting the program from a fee-for-service program to a full-risk capitated health plan operated by both provider-led entities and commercial insurers within eighteen months of federal approval. Under the plan, three private companies would compete for Medicaid patients, with those companies receiving a flat fee from the state for each patient enrolled. As such, taxpayers would no longer be liable for cost overruns; that risk would now fall on the insurance companies. The bill passed the House by a vote of 65-40 and was signed by Governor Pat McCrory on September 23, 2015.

Job Development & Infrastructure Improvements

Throughout his tenure in the General Assembly, Speaker Moore has ranked job development as his number one priority. He has worked with Cleveland County and its local leadership to greatly reduce the unemployment rate in his home county and bring numerous new large and small businesses to the county. Upon his election as Speaker, Moore made this a statewide priority. In addition to the tax package passed as part of the 2015 State Budget, the House also passed the NC Competes Act (House Bill 117), which allocated $20 million in continuous funds for new commitments by industries to invest in growing jobs in North Carolina. These increased funds are expected to translate to $500 million in new investment in North Carolina and a projected 1,750 new jobs for North Carolinians.

Speaker Moore has always realized that the only way to attract quality jobs to North Carolina is to have quality infrastructure. In 2015, Moore worked with Governor McCrory and members of the North Carolina Senate to pass House Bill 943, the Connect NC Bond Act of 2015. This bill called for a ballot measure to be placed on the 2016 primary ballot in which voters would decide whether to approve a $2 billion bond package designed to kick state critical capital projects throughout North Carolina. Additionally, Moore made it a priority during 2015 budget negotiations to ensure that the Highway Trust Fund would be shorn up by stopping annual transfers to the General Fund and by better funding the Highway Trust Fund.


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