North Carolina House Representative

In November of 2012, I had the privilege of being elected to serve in the NC House of Representatives. I decided to run for public office because I felt as if North Carolina needed a new direction. We needed to bring a more responsible approach to the operations of state government, and I wanted to help make a difference.

Since taking office in January of 2013, I have worked to support legislation that will make government more efficient and allow the private sector to grow. As a fiscal conservative, I believe that it is the private sector, not the government, that creates opportunity for our citizens. That is why I have made it a goal to take a responsible, pro-business approach to solving problems facing our State.

North Carolina is still in the process of recovering from the Great Recession, but I believe our economy is on the mend. By reforming our tax code and working to make government more efficient, I believe we are creating a better economic environment within our State. This will help to encourage more economic activity, which will result in more job opportunities for our citizens.

Since taking office I have worked with colleagues on both sides of the aisle to help promote sensible legislation. Working to improve public education is something that I have taken very seriously. It is important that we promote sound educational opportunities for our children, and that is something that I will continue working to achieve.

As a member of the NC House, my goal is to work hard to make the right decisions as to what is best for our citizens. Listening to the concerns of my constituents is a top priority. Although I am a Republican, I place the best interest of my constituents above partisan politics.

It truly is an honor and a privilege to serve as a Representative in the NC House. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any question or concerns that you would like to share. Thank you for visiting my web site, and I hope to hear from you soon.

Best regards,

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Rep. Jon Hardister
NC House Majority Whip

District 59

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Rep. Jon Hardister

P.O. Box 4113
Greensboro, NC 27404
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These photos were taken on the floor of the NC House last week during debate on the state budget. Credit goes to Photos by James Piedad. #NCGA ... See MoreSee Less

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It was great to attend a reception for my friend Rep. Chris Malone. He is an outstanding member of the NC House. #Malone4theHouse ... See MoreSee Less

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Today the NC House passed the 2017-18 state budget with bipartisan support. This is a balanced budget that increases pay for teachers by 9.6 percent over two years; significantly increases pay for principals (and assistant principals); and increases education funding by over $700 million.

State employees will receive a pay increase; a COLA is provided for retired state employees; funds are increased for public safety; and funds are provided to enhance our transportation system. There are funds provided to combat the opioid addiction and to modernize our juvenile justice system.

The budget also contains tax cuts for all hard-working North Carolinians. Standard deductions are significantly increased (which especially benefits low-income families); personal income taxes are reduced; and the corporate tax (which is passed to consumers) is reduced.

Several Democrats have attacked our plans for tax cuts, but these attacks are misguided. Our tax cuts have resulted in a stronger economy and enhanced budget revenue (a surplus of over $500 million this year alone). Furthermore, our tax reform efforts have greatly benefitted low-income families by the enhancement of the standard deductions and also by creating economic growth and job opportunities.

As for overall spending, this budget represents an increase of 3.1 percent from last year, which is within TABOR. This means that it does not exceed the combined growth rate of inflation and population. We have placed more funds in the Rainy Day Fund (our state savings account) and allocated more funding for hurricane disaster relief.

This is an excellent budget that our citizens can be proud of. It will continue to move North Carolina in a positive direction in terms of fiscal stability, quality of life and economic development.

While many other states are struggling financially, North Carolina is on solid ground. We are running budget surpluses, our credit rating is strong and our economy is growing. The State of Illinois, for example, is on the verge of bankruptcy as a result of reckless spending, high taxes and poor financial planning. North Carolina, by contrast, is in strong financial condition.

If Governor Roy Cooper wants to work with us to move North Carolina forward, then he put politics aside and sign this budget into law.

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