I am honored to have been appointed to the House Select Committee on Disaster Relief. This committee will focus on researching the causes of unnecessary delays in our response to Hurricane Matthew to prevent similar delays and ensure disaster relief is directed to those who are in desperate need of assistance. Since Hurricane Matthew, over $1 billion has been appropriated for disaster relief, but this money has not always been spent effectively. After nearly three years, some North Carolinians are still waiting for the help they were promised--these victims deserve better. Through my role on the House Select Committee on Disaster Relief, I will work to revise our disaster relief procedures to increase our response time and resources to help North Carolinians in need.
The North Carolina House Finance Agency has awarded three grants to repair the homes of veterans, senior citizens, and disabled North Carolinians in our district! These grants are a large portion of a $375,000 commitment to make home repairs in our district and surrounding areas. Emergency repairs funded by the NC HFA will allow vulnerable citizens to continue living in their own homes without fear for their safety. I am thankful for the benefits that this partnership brings to our community.
This week, the NC House is debating H.B. 924, which will require high school students to pass a financial literacy course in order to graduate. This will help students to learn practical understanding of debt, credit cards, car loans, mortgages, student loans, and more. These important lessons on financial literacy will help set up the next generations of North Carolinians to be financially successful by helping them to understand their options in the marketplace. Financial literacy is an integral component of economic success, and I will vote in favor of improving the financial education of North Carolina high-schoolers.
Coming up in our district are three great events to celebrate our nation’s independence:
- The Independence Parade and Celebration in Mount Pleasant will be held on June 22nd starting with a parade at 5PM. After the parade, there will be food and craft vendors, a performance by Band of Oz at 7PM, and fireworks at 10PM.
- Stand Up for America will be hosted at Franklinton Elementary School on June 29th from 3PM-10PM. This event offers a family-friendly atmosphere with many activities for Franklin County residents of all ages.
- The All-American 4th of July Celebration will be held on Independence Day from 10AM-12PM in Downtown Franklin and features a parade, free watermelon and popcorn, and a patriotic pet contest.
I hope you all take the opportunity to participate in one or more of these patriotic events to celebrate our nation’s independence and continued excellence. For more upcoming events in our district, visit the Events page on my legislative website.
Economic reforms over the past 8 years have helped our job market provide many opportunities
H.B. 924 will teach North Carolina high-schoolers essential financial literacy skills
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.
- Rep. Lisa Stone Barnes