As North Carolinians well know, from their own family and business financial experiences, wasteful spending versus smart investing can bring quite different results. In budgeting of taxpayer funds for properly funding state government services and benefits, the Legislature must be committed to fiscal responsibility that saves on debt service costs and supports a strong foundation for economic success.
As society changes, the impact of criminal activity on that society is constantly changing. It is imperative that State government maintains its awareness of and reaction to the threats that challenge life and property. The necessary provision of adequate protection and enforcement, constitutionally balanced with active prosecution, effective sentencing and humane, corrective punishment is paramount.
A primary concern for all North Carolinians should be the economy. Too many times in the past, a decline in the flow of goods and services has indicated a decline in virtually every measure of financial health. The State must be constantly aware of the impact its regulations, policies and financial decisions make. No single change can permanently guarantee a rosy future. History has borne out the wisdom of rational tax policy, appropriate and reasonable incentives for developing new industries, and the value of carefully structured and monitored regulations. The economy is a moving target that requires careful analysis and a willingness to change when necessary, but also the strength to hold fast when common sense and reliable indicators so indicate.
In North Carolina, education is a primary concern, not only for its children, but also for those seeking a firm foundation for a trade or the development of a skill that will provide employment in support of a family. Businesses and industries seeking a new location desire a well-trained workforce and well-educated professional and management pool can make the difference in where they decide to move. It is imperative that the State provide adequate financial support, encourage high level teachers and professors to choose to teach here, and to assure that the children and higher level students, upon completing their studies, are able to compete with those from other locales around the United States and abroad. To accept a lower standard is to fail.
HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES
Overcoming the challenges to a quality life depends greatly upon the ability of the State to monitor, promote and cooperatively provide those services necessary to the health and living conditions of its citizens. Available community health centers, child welfare programs, controlled substance detection and treatment facilities, and assistance for those with intellectual and other developmental disabilities are examples of public/private joint ventures that can improve the lot of many deserving citizens.
Paid for by THE Committee to Elect John Faircloth