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NC teacher compensation 14th in nation; has doubled in last 20 years

In a annual report by the John Locke Foundation, a North Carolina think tank, compensation for North Carolina teachers ranks 14th in the nation. The study also showed compensation has doubled in the last 20 years, eclipsing the rate of other state employees who saw just a 56 percent increase in pay. Hear Terry Stoops John Locke Foundation education policy analyst, talk about the report here.

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By |February 3rd, 2009|Raleigh, Schools|0 Comments

N.C. Smoking ban legislation heats up

Tired of going into smoke filled restaurants? The North Carolina legislature is kicking around the idea of a sweeping smoking ban that could allow municipalities to have the power to eliminate smoking from public places. Senator Eddie Goodall, who represents Mint Hill, Union County and some of Matthews, is hesitant to support ban.
“We’ve got to […]

By |January 30th, 2009|Raleigh|6 Comments

Myrick to vote no on stimulus plan

US Representative Sue Myrick (NC-09) announced that she will vote against the stimulus plan when it comes to the House Floor today.
“Why are we going to spend $825 billion on a plan that won’t achieve its goals?” said Rep. Myrick. “Instead, let’s get this money back to taxpayers and businesses who help grow the economy and create jobs.” […]

By |January 28th, 2009|Washington|0 Comments

Myrick to speak today in support of Lance, Inc and its fine peanut butter products

Lance crackers is a North Carolina institution. That’s why Rep. Sue Myrick is going to bat for them on the floor of Congress this afternoon. Here’s what she is going to say:

“Madam Speaker –
I rise today to stand behind Lance Inc., a snack food company based in my district.
Lance is the #1 seller of peanut butter crackers in US grocery stores.  It operates manufacturing plants in seven states.  Lance products can be found in grocery stores, convenience stores, hospitals, schools and vending machines across the country.
Lance products have not been affected by the nationwide peanut butter recall caused by the salmonella outbreak.  […]

By |January 22nd, 2009|Washington|0 Comments

Myrick introduces amendment to prevent job outsourcing

From Myrick’s Washington office:

[singlepic=273,220,140,,right]US Representative Sue Myrick (NC-09) will introduce an amendment today that would prevent any company that receives funds as part of the Troubled Assets Relief Program (TARP) from outsourcing any new customer service or call center jobs to a foreign-based company.
“If companies benefit from significant taxpayer funding, they should make every effort to hire American workers. I am not aware of any companies that have received funds that have entered into new contracts with foreign-based customer service centers, but I do know that our constituents have a great deal of skepticism about the program and how their money has been spent,” Rep. Myrick said. […]

By |January 15th, 2009|Washington|0 Comments

Myrick says no to auto bailout

From Myrick’s Washington, DC office:

(Washington, DC) – US Representative Sue Myrick (NC-09) voted no today on the proposed financial[singlepic=414,270,190,,right] bailout for the automotive industry. The bill, H.R. 7321, provides up to $14 billion in loans to US automakers. It passed by a vote of 237-170.

“There is no guarantee this bailout will be the last for the auto industry,” said Rep. Myrick. “I opposed this bill because it would create a government ‘car czar’ to oversee the domestic auto industry without the authority to ensure the Big Three address their underlying structural problems. Unless the domestic car makers make substantial changes to fundamentally change the way they do business, the reality is they’ll need additional taxpayer assistance in the very near future. ” […]

By |December 11th, 2008|Government|0 Comments