News

November 2019


I visited Louisburg with Speaker Moore to oversee the US 401 improvements continuing without delay

We celebrated the 230th birthday of the state of NC

NC Teaching Fellows applications opened up

We funded another $180M towards disaster relief

The NC House passed SB 356 to provide additional funds for the NCDOT

NC was recognized as the #1 producer of sweet potatoes in the entire country

We recognize the brave men & women that have served our country on Veterans Day

We passed SB 250 to further strengthen our elections, but it was vetoed by the NC Governor

We held municipal elections in NC

We strengthened protections for children from sexual abuse and clarified consent

I had a wonderful time at the annual Farm-City Luncheon

October 2019

We continued to support teacher pay increases with SB 354

The NC House approved $280M in additional disaster aid

A 3 judge panel approved the new Congressional maps that were passed

The NCGA strengthen voter fraud penalties to keep our elections secure

We are saddened to hear of the death of former Sen. Kay Hagan

I visited Franklin County to discuss the future of broadband internet access

The maps passed by the NCGA were analyzed by WRAL and found to be fair

I've supported $150M in funding to expand rural internet access, and want you to be able to find a provider

NC's Christina Koch was a part of the first all-female spacewalk

Fort Bragg soldier awarded the Medal of Honor


NC's robust economy has led to a booming population

$150 million for rural broadband access

Fire Prevention Week

Half price hunting and fishing licenses for volunteer firefighters

I will continue to support educators across North Carolina

September 2019

I had a wonderful weekend at the Owen Park car show

H.B. 75 is now law, providing funding for school resource officers and mental health staff

I will continue to work hard to improve resources for teachers and students

Leaders of both parties in the GA praised the redistricting process

Meet the newest member of the Barnes Team-- Cash

On National POW/MIA Day, we pause to honor and remember prisoners of war and those who are still missing in action

The NCGA is proud to recognize the tireless work of linemen across our state

Happy 72nd Birthday to the U.S. Air Force

It was a pleasure having Rep. Jim Butler, Speaker Pro Tempore of the Ohio House of Reps., at the NCGA

Happy National Farm Safety and Health Week

Great news for NC Ed-the Testing Reduction Act has been signed into law

NCSU is doing important work to ensure that NC Ag continues to grow

NCGA Republicans have set an undeniable precedent of responsible spending that has led to vast economic growth in NC

Knowing what to do in an emergency like Hurricane Dorian is critical

August 2019

There are many solutions to healthcare in NC, but Gov. Cooper is ignoring these in favor of political posturing

Thanks to the NCGA's pro-growth policies, our state's economy continues to boom

A new law that will extend in-state tuition benefits to veterans and active-duty military members has been approved by the House

The NCGA budget includes critical funding for disaster relief that is being put at risk

The NCGA and Gov. Cooper were sent to Raleigh to pass legislation that will improve our state

Gov. Cooper should be more focused on improving our state and less on playing political games

Budget veto freezes $100 Million in disaster relief 

The NCGA passed a budget that boosts NC's economy, now it's time to sign it

I was proud to promote the branding of NC sweetpotatoes in the 2019 Farm Act

What is the price of Gov. Cooper's negligence? Over 1.5 million students in our state

The NCGA budget includes pay raises for teachers and state employees, among many other benefits

It was a pleasure to join the good folks at Franklin Co. Farm Bureau 

It was a pleasure to attend the 10th annual Community Appreciation Banquet at Tom Farms

Thank you to Martha Mobley for her leadership in the Women in Agriculture program

Great things happening in Franklin County

Local facilities like Carolina Family Health Centers, Inc. make our state stronger

Highlighting the struggles of NC agriculture and the destruction of Hurricane Florence

I enjoyed visiting Kornegay Farms to discuss the impact of Hurricane Florence 

It was an honor to participate in the ribbon cutting of the new Harvest Family Health Center Dental Clinic

On Purple Heart Day, we honor and remember those who have given greatly in service to our country

I was honored to attend the promotion ceremony for Major Danny E. Britt, Jr

The budget Gov. Cooper is holding hostage funds critical needs

There's no one-size-fits-all when it comes to education

I was honored to join Speaker Moore on a tour of the Wilson Co. Animal Shelter

Thank you to the ECU Brody School of Medicine for hosting NCGA members

Revenue collections for NC's 2018-19 Fiscal Year were $896.7 million above expectations

July 2019



Successful pro-growth policies of lower taxes, fewer regulations, and responsible spending in the State budget

Investments in education, increases in teacher and state employees salaries, and disaster relief in the State budget

The page program is an excellent way to learn first hand how state government functions

I had the pleasure of meeting with farmers in Craven Co. to discuss their challenges

NC House unanimously approves bill to increase safety in public schools

NC continues to stay ahead of the curve by being an excellent state for women in business

Gov. Cooper's "Medicaid-or-nothing" demands on the budget is creating uncertainty for students, teachers, and schools

The state budget approved by the NCGA provides resources for broadband expansion

The needs of North Carolinians should always be prioritized over party affilliation 

SB 320 will protect communities from unnecessary expenses

My continued support for school calendar flexibility 

I have great admiration for the NC National Guard's 30th Armed Brigade Combat Team 

NC partners with Sandy Hook Promise to protect our schools

Because of political posturing, education funding and resources are being withheld

HB 224 is now law in North Carolina

The NCGA budget serves as a pro-growth fiscal policy to continue stimulating our economy

NC has been named the 3rd best state for business because of our economy and venture capital opportunities

The NCGA budget allocates money to bolster rural economies, education, and sexual assault victims in NC

The NCGA budget would make average teacher salary $54,600

Included in the NCGA budget is a 2.5% raise for most State employees

The Republican-led NCGA budget gives $15 million to the GREAT program to expand broadband access

Increasing the zero-tax bracket helps NC families keep more of their hard-earned money

Republicans in the NCGA are expanding disaster relief

Hurricane Matthew victims deserve better efficiency and effectiveness

It was an honor to have Mr. Sidney Walton on the House floor

We are forever indebted to those who pay the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom

I was humbled to attend the ceremony honoring US Army PFC William Hoover Jones of Nash Co.

June 2019

 

Happy Birthday to the U.S. Army

Celebration of Flag Day

HB 415 passed the Senate today

NC HFA has awarded three grants to repair veterans, seniors, and disabled North Carolinians' homes in our district

N.C.'s Opportunity Scholarships are educating a diverse future workforce

H.B. 553 has passed the House

Honored to have been appointed to the House Select Committee on Disaster Relief 

SC Farm Tour at Titan Farms

SC Farm Tour at WP Rawl

Thank you, NCDOT, for responding quickly to rain damage in Franklin Co. 

Observation of the 75th anniversary of D-Day

Protecting children who are born after a failed abortion

Miss USA visits the NCGA

NC Leadership Forum at High Point University

I had an excellent time at the 'Frankly Speaking' event

NC Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus Luncheon

NC House schedules vote on Born-Alive Survivors Protection Act

The House just passed S.B. 310 to expand broadband

Bipartisan Voter ID Accommodations Approved by NCGA

Happy Memorial Day to all veterans who died in service to their country

Groundbreaking for the new location for Cross Creek charter school 

May 2019

Great News-The Highway Storm Recovery Act has been Approved

On Peace Officers Memorial Day, let us pay tribute to our LEOs

An incredible day spent learning and celebrating farming in NC

Thank you, NC Farm Families, for organizing a Duplin County farm tour

Thank you, Rep. Dixon, for organizing a tour of the Warsaw Smithfield Feed Mill and other farms

We must continue to foster a strong economy for our workforce

A look back at my time on the USS North Carolina 

Rural broadband continues to be a priority in the NC House budget

The NC House budget helps working families and businesses prosper

$700 million surplus expected from NC House budget

NC farmers are protected by expanding disaster relief

The NC House budget prioritizes education

Republicans in the NCGA are helping working families in our state

NC House passes a $23.9 billion budget that maintains balanced spending

Record-low unemployment is good news for NC economy

Smart spending and tax reforms improve our state's economy

April 2019

 

I will continue to support teachers through necessary pay raises 

I join North Carolinians in mourning the loss of two UNCC students

Tax reform continues in House Budget proposal

Teacher salary in NC is now higher than state's median wage for college graduates

NC demonstrates strong GDP growth

College graduates enjoy the best job market in years with more offers and better salaries

I am proud to protect living children from post-birth abortions

NC is ranked 8th for largest decrease in federal tax liability

I am proud to support firefighters who risk their lives to protect others

H.B. 377 to reduce standardized testing in NC schools passed the House yesterday

Excellent morning at the Joint Ag Caucus Breakfast

I am proud to sponsor the SAVE Act which will increase access to healthcare

The Economics and Financial Literacy act has pass the House Education K-12 Committee

H.B. 330 will cut state energy use and save taxpayers money

Another look at NC Ag Awareness Day 2019

March 2019

 

Largely bipartisan education reforms are being pushed by the House

Line of duty death benefits to firefighter families

Continued support for Child Advocacy Centers in North Carolina

It was excellent meeting with Franklin Co. Manager and Assistant Co. Manager

Rep. Jeffrey Elmore says that 5 year of consecutive teacher pay increase is a good start

North Carolina sanctuary sheriffs and House legislation

H.B. 398 will enable job growth & economic prosperity, particularly in our rural communities

Ag Awareness Day is in full swing at the NCGA

At the NC Electric Co-Ops legislative reception

NC has and will continue to prioritize teacher pay

When adjusted for cost of living, NC ranks 20th in average teacher salary rank

NC continues to invest in education

Happy National Agriculture Day

Thank You Speaker Moore for Your Leadership on Education Bond Act of 2019

The NC House is being proactive to ensure school safety

Celebrating North Carolina's Official State Frozen Treat

Pleasure to be in Nash Co. for new Southern Nash Senior Center ribbon cutting

NC is home to 1,400 peanut farmers

As a mother of three, I personally understand the importance of school safety

Thank you to the Coastal Pines Girl Scouts and leadership for meeting with me today

Proud of Republican leadership on raising teacher pay

Proud to announce H.B. 224 passed the house 116-0

I Am Proud to Co-Sponsor the SAVE Act

Speaker Moore Supports HB 224

I Am Proud to Co-Sponsor HB 224

Job and Investments Added in NC

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Discusses the Future of NC Agriculture

69% of Americans Are Optimistic About Their Finances

Eminent Domain Approved by NC House to Strengthen Property Rights

February 2019

 

I Am Proud to Co-Sponsor the SAVE Act

Speaker Moore Supports HB 224

I Am Proud to Co-Sponsor HB 224

Job and Investments Added in NC

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Discusses the Future of NC Agriculture

69% of Americans Are Optimistic About Their Finances

Eminent Domain Approved by NC House to Strengthen Property Rights

19,729 New Jobs Added in NC in 2018

NC Bypasses National and Southern States' Job Growth Average

US Adds 304,000 Jobs in January

Checks in the Mail for NC Farmers Hurt by Hurricane Florence

NC Has Record Year of Venture Capitalism and Financing Funding

Rep. Lisa Barnes added to Agriculture, Health, Rules Committees

North Carolina Gains 87,000 Jobs


January 2019

 

Rep. Lisa Barnes appointed to Agriculture, Health, Rules Committees and More

North Carolina’s Total Private Sector Year-Over-Year Wage Growth Rates Consistently Exceed National Rates

Why North Carolina is a Bustling Epicenter for Tech Startups

Expansion of North Carolina's "Zero Tax Bracket"

North Carolina Continues to Meet Revenue Targets

North Carolina Registers $188M Revenue Surplus

Poll: 92% of North Carolinians Believe Parents Should Choose Where Their Child Attends School

North Carolina Gains 87,000 Jobs