Rep. John Bradford Legislative Update September 2015
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NC House of Representatives District 98

John R. Bradford, III

September Newsletter


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Dear Friends and District 98 Constituents,
We have been in session over 8 months and the end is now in sight.  In the early hours of last Friday morning, 09/18 at 12:13AM, we passed the biennium State budget with a third vote total of 81-33. The bill was signed into law by the Governor late Friday afternoon. 
We have a few remaining pieces of legislation pending such as Medicaid Reform, Connect NC Bonds and the NC Jobs Act that will keep us in Raleigh until the end of month.  Below are some highlights of the 2015 budget, H97 (2015 Appropriations Act.)
Total Spending:

  • FY2015-2016: $21.735 Billion
  • FY2016-2017: $21.921 Billion
  • K-12 Funding 5.0% ($410M) increase from the base budget
  • Fully funds Teaching Assistants
  • Fully funds Driver Education
  • Increases funding for Textbooks and Digital Learning
  • Invests $1.5M for NC’s Transforming Principal Preparation Program
  • Invests in School Connectivity Initiative to bring broadband access to all K-12 schools
  • Increases Opportunity Scholarships by 129%
  • Provides $7.5M to 58 Community Colleges across the State for workforce training
Health & Human Services:
  • Increases support for community mental health services
  • Raises age of foster care to 21 and provides funds for Youth Villages
  • Provides funds to State Medical Examiner
  • Restores cuts to seniors for Home and Community Care Block Grant
  • Increases market rates for Child Care Subsidy and includes “Grandparent” fix
  • Eliminates the transfer from the Highway Fund to the General Fund
  • $440M in additional road funding
  • $70M in port modernization
  • Eliminates 50 Raleigh-based, non-field positions
  • Continued funding for modernization of the DMV
  • Increased funding for contract resurfacing and the bridge program
  • Reduced tax-payer dollars used for Board of Transportation travel expenses
Agriculture & Natural Resources:
  • Supports dredging of coastal inlets to keep waterways open
  • $1M for Military Buffers through Farmland Preservation
  • Additional funding to support Oyster Industry
  • $1MFY1 and $2MFY2 for Tourism Funding
  • $1.3M department-wide DENR administrative cut
  • Eliminates $1.5M for State-wide branding initiative  
Salary & Benefits:
  • All teachers and State employees will receive a $750 2015 year-end bonus
  • Teachers will receive step increase raises based on experience
  • Starting teachers (0-4 years) will realize salary increase from $33,000 to $35,000
  • All sworn members of the State Highway Patrol will receive a 3% increase
  • Starting Highway Patrol salaries increase from $35,000 to $36,050
  • No reductions in State retirement benefits
  • Increases General Fund appropriations to National Guard Pension Fund
Justice & Public Safety:
  • Grants for body-worn video cameras for law enforcement agencies
  • Provides funding to outfit all Highway Patrol cars with cameras
  • $1.6M in funding for HERO Grants to combat sex crimes
  • Funds to prevent inmates from smuggling and using cell phones
  • Additional funding for court modernization
General Government:
  • New Dept. of Military and Veterans Affairs
  • New Dept. of Information Technology
  • New Dept. of Natural and Cultural Resources for management of State attractions
  • $17.5M for Workforce Housing Loan Program to develop low-income housing
  • Government Budgetary Transparency for responsible State government
Statewide Reserves:
  • $600M to Savings Reserve and R&R
  • $186M to Medicaid Contingency Reserve
  • $225M over the biennium for a Medicaid Transformation Reserve
Tax Package:
  • Cuts Personal Income Tax rate by 0.26% to 5.499%
  • Increases Standard Deduction in 2016 from $15,000 to $15,500, non-taxable
  • Unlimited deduction for both Medical and Charitable
  • Maintains Corporate Income Tax reduction trigger
  • Phases in Single Sales Factor over 3 years
  • $3M for OneNC Small Business Fund
  • $2.5M annually for Rural Economic Development Grants
  • $30M for Film Grants
  • $8M in FY2016-2017 for Historic Tax Credit
  • JMAC funded on recurring basis - $6.9M FY2015-16 and $7.5M in FY2016-17

Personal Invitation:
As always I encourage any of my constituents to either attend a Coffee Chat or even make the drive to Raleigh.  I will make time to visit with you and will even try to schedule a personalized tour of the State Capitol.  If you have any questions please feel free to e-mail me at or call me at 919.733.5828.

  • Freshman Majority Whip
  • Introduced 57 total bills; 17 as the primary sponsor and 40 as the co-sponsor
  • Vice Chairman of the Commerce & Job Development Committee
  • Committees:  Agriculture, Banking, Environment, Finance, Regulatory Reform and Public Utilities
  • Subcommittee:  Annexation & Deannexation
  • Serve on the Catawba/Wateree River Basin Advisory Commission

Special Assignments:
  • Attended the NCSL Tax Academy Policy Seminar in Chicago June 22-25th. I was one of two NC legislators selected to attend this Academy..  
  • Nominated by the Speaker to attend NCSL’s Emerging Leaders Academy in late October.

August 31st 
Cornelius Commissioner Jim Duke, Cornelius Mayor pro-tem Woody Washam, and myself hosted an evening coffee chat in Cornelius. Look for more to come.  

September 21st, 9:00AM, Egg in Davidson  
Today I co-hosted my first Coffee Chat in Davidson with Mayor Pro Tem Beth Cashion and NC Senator Jeff Tarte. Great turnout. Looking forward to another.

October 5th, 9am at Acropolis Restaurant in Cornelius
We will have our monthly coffee chat back at it's original time and place to discuss the end of the legislative session and other issues. Hope to see you there. 

N.C. House of Representatives
16 W. Jones Street,
Room 2123 
Raleigh, NC 27601-1096



Take Care,

John R. Bradford, III
NC Represenative ~ District 98
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