Democrat Priorities

Where's The Beef?

Better Yet... Where's The Money?

My opponent keeps railing about having a majority that will reprioritize spending in North Carolina. There is a limited amount of income in the form of revenue produced by individuals and businesses that the state is given to spend. There is no additional pot of money available. I challenge him and anyone else out there to tell me in this summary of state spending exactly WHAT we are supposed to stop spending on so we can get teacher's further raises, build affordable housing, expand Medicaid, etc.

All of the spending ideas from Democrats are GOOD. They really are what is best for our citizens. We ALL want children cared for with a good education, a decent meal and a roof over their head. That would be ideal. We cannot deficit spend to achieve it. North Carolina finally paid back some of its long-term debt so we are not constantly paying interest on debt for overspending which occurred many years ago.

Here is the budget as it stands right now:

Item - Amount - Percent of Budget

Education including all K-12, Community Colleges and UNC System - $13,760,000,000 - 58%

Health and Human Services including Medicaid - $5,353,000,000 - 22%

Justice, Public Safety, State Troopers, All Judiciary, Other Emergency Items - $2,800,000,000 - 12%

Reserves and Debt Service (which cannot be reduced) - $907,000,000 - 4%

Agriculture, Natural and Economic Resources - $603,000,000 - 3%

General Government - $433,000,000 - 2%

IT/Capital Improvements - $64,000,000 - <1%

Total General Fund - $23,920,000,000 

I would like to thank all the candidates for working on their campaigns, but let us be realistic. Unless the state of North Carolina finds a way to DEVELOP BUSINESS and CREATE JOBS which generates more income, we have no added monies to spend. The Democrats can claim to be better stewards of our budget but history proves them wrong. 

If you want North Carolina to continue to grow, fund necessary services, create even more jobs, and continue to rise in all National rankings, then please VOTE REPUBLICAN. Democrats have shown they are all about taxing and spending which will drive business AWAY to other states and nations. We just can't afford that.

If you want to build up our revenue, let's try this for a change:

1. Eliminate fraud. Currently, and in years past, I demonstrated that we have between $300 - $500 million in fraudulent transactions occurring with ghost providers and patients in our medical care programs. The Federal government broke up several rings of foreigners who abused the system. Our state needs to investigate these issues to recover needed funds.

2. By the Industrial Commission's estimate there are over 52,000 businesses operating without paying their taxes for worker's compensation and other items. We need to expand investigations to recover these funds and fully support our workers.

3. Imitate what other states have done successfully in regards to forming alliances with developers and venture capitalists to create low income housing across the state. This would simply involve inviting successful developers to come to Charlotte, Raleigh and other cities, clearing the way with lower regulations, allowing an expedited permit process, and we will gain the construction jobs, and thousands of new homes for families who cannot otherwise afford decent housing.

This year, DON'T FORGET, VOTE RIVETTE.

 

 

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