The North Carolina Delegation
Republican National Convention – Cleveland, OH


Dear Friends,

The Republican National Convention of 2016 has come to a close. What an exciting week it has been here in Cleveland, OH! The people of this great city have been so hospitable, accommodating, kind, and welcoming. CLEVELAND: the North Carolina delegation is humbled by your servant-heartedness and hospitality. We hope each and every one of you will accept our open invitation to visit The Old North State at any time. I wanted to thank you, myself.
This has been a year of hard-work, perseverance, and grit. Like all good Republicans, we have been innovative in using our resources in a focused and efficient way. We have been steadfast in our efforts to yield victory. But we are in another time of choosing…and we need your help for the fight. The next few months are crucial. Without your time, talents, and treasure— America as we know her is at great risk.
We cannot afford to fail in electing the Republican Trump/Pence ticket in November— and risk losing one, two, maybe three seats on the United States Supreme Court to liberal judges who seek to legislate from the bench.
We cannot afford to fail in electing the Republican Trump/Pence ticket in November— and allow the unforgivable practices of Planned Parenthood to continue to be funded with our taxpayer dollars.
We cannot afford to fail in electing the Republican Trump/Pence ticket in November— and continue to drown the middle class with egregious taxes, stifling opportunity, and increasing the difficulty of achieving the American dream. We cannot afford to fail.

For the Red, White, and Blue,
Chairman Robin Hayes

The North Carolina Republican Party

State Passes Final Budget

State BudgetOn June 30th, the House passed the budget adjustment on second reading with bipartisan support. On July 1st, it passed third reading by a vote of 91-22. Below are some of the highlights of this year’s budget adjustment, which lowers taxes, invests in education and state employees and allocates additional money to the rainy day fund among other things.

  • Taxes
    • Decreases the tax burden on families by increasing the standard deduction for all taxpayers
    • Increases the standard deduction for married taxpayers filing jointly from $15,500 to $16,500 for the current tax year, and will increase further to $17,500 in the next tax year
  • Education
    • Every K-12 teacher in the state will get a raise – average salary will increase by 4.7%
    • K-12 teacher pay increases to more than $50,000 under the budget, and will increase to more than $54,000 in the next three years
    • Fully funds recurring salary increases and nonrecurring bonuses for community college employees
    • Retirees will receive a 1.6% cost-of-living supplement
    • Fully funds enrollment growth by adding $47.8 million to school funding allotments
    • Increases instructional supply funding by $2.5 million, bringing total funding to $47 million
    • Increases textbook and digital supplies funding by an additional $10 million, bringing total funding to $71 million
  • State employees
    • All state employees will receive a 1.5% pay increase, as well as a 0.5% bonus
    • Budget sets aside amount equivalent to 1% of state employee salaries that will be distributed according to merit
    • State retirees will see a 1.6% bonus
  • Mental Health and substance abuse
    • Provides additional $20 million for mental health and substance abuse
    • Allocates $18 million in revenue from the sale of Dorthea Dix property to expand inpatient behavioral health beds in rural areas
    • Allocates $2 million of Dorthea Dix sale to establish child facility-based crisis centers, and the remainder of the sale for services for the mentally ill
  • Savings reserve
    • Adds $475 million to the state’s savings fund
    • Creates a $10 million disaster fund

In addition, the budget allocates $100,000 for the Communities in Schools operation in Caldwell County

Headquarters Grand Opening

​The Caldwell County Republican Party would like to invite each of you to come celebrate the Grand opening of our new headquarters on Friday July 8, 2016​ from 7:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. The address is 813 West Ave beside of Lenoir City Hall. NC Supreme Court Justice Robert Edmunds will be there for the ribbon cutting along with several other elected officials. There will be refreshments and ice cream. Hope to see you there.
Happy 4th of July to each of you!!