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  • Dear Friends,

    It has been a privilege to serve the citizens of District 18 for the past four years, and I am grateful for the opportunity to serve a third term. There hasn’t been a day since I was first elected that I haven’t worked towards the betterment of our region. We are constitutionally bound to provide a quality public education to all of our citizens, and it is imperative that we do so. Jobs are the foundation of our families and communities, and we must have the school systems, infrastructure, quality of life and competitive incentives that attract and retain a broad range of employers. Protecting our natural environment is a vital part of that equation. We must be vigilant in demanding and fighting for equal rights, including health care, for every one of our citizens. I am looking forward to returning to Raleigh to reverse the damage done on all these fronts over the past 4 years.

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North Carolina Kills Film Incentives: Which States Benefit?

August 22, 2014News ClipShows including 'Under the Dome' and 'Sleepy Hollow' may relocate future production

When North Carolina killed its successful movie/TV incentive program Wednesday, there was immediate concern that other states would follow suit. That concern may not be warranted.

Among the most competitive states offering incentives are New York, Louisiana and Georgia, all of which have maintained or expanded their programs in recent years. Other states with competitive incentives include New Mexico, Illinois and Massachusetts; despite some opposition in the states' legislatures, the incentives have been continued.

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Senate approves film-incentive grant program

June 5, 2014News Clip

The full state Senate gave preliminary approval Thursday to a bill that would convert North Carolina's film tax credit program into a grant program.

While it's unclear if the plan will earn the support of the state's film industry supporters, it at least seemed to be a more palatable solution for lawmakers who had been reluctant to renew the incentives, which expire at year's end.

"Last week, I couldn't vote for a film tax credit and now I can," said state Sen. Tommy Tucker, R-Union.

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