Happy Thanksgiving / Legislative Updates
Best wishes for a happy and safe Thanksgiving. I hope you will take time to reflect and give thanks for the positive aspects of life. There is much that I am thankful for, especially my family and friends.
Be safe if you travel and enjoy the holiday. In case you are wondering, President Donald Trump pardoned two turkeys at the White House: Drumstick and Wishbone.
The NC General Assembly is adjourned until January 2018. In the meantime, we are holding interim committees that are working to oversee and study various areas of state government. I have the privilege of serving on several of these committees.
Positive Economic News
The economic status of North Carolina continues to show positive development. Total job creation over the last several years has exceeded 500,000 and our unemployment rate has dropped to a 16-year low. Our GDP continue to show strong output and our State is routinely mentioned as one of the best places to do business.
NC Free Enterprise Foundation
The NC Free Enterprise Foundation recently released their “2017 Legislative Business Ratings.” I am honored to have a 94.4 rating, which is the sixth-highest in the NC House. The ratings are based on objective and subjective criteria related to work that we have done on issues related to free enterprise and business development.
Small Business Ribbon Cutting
Recently I had the opportunity to attend a ribbon cutting for Ninth Main, a retail store that specializes in home accessories, design and decor. It is a small business in Greensboro that is owned and operated by Lanisha Haithcock and her husband Wes. I thanked them for their investment in our community and reminded them that small businesses are a crucial element of our State’s economy.
Trip to Israel
Last month I had the opportunity to visit Israel. It was an amazing experience. The trip was organized by the American Israel Education Foundation. I was there for one week with a group of Americans who were invited to learn about the history, culture and government of Israel.
On our trip we met with officials in the Israeli government, members of the Israeli Defense Force, members of the press, business owners and private citizens. We visited numerous historical sites, government facilities and military sites. I was amazed by the religious history, the political history and the challenges that are currently facing the country.
The trip further strengthened my resolve to support Israel as a friend and ally of the United States. Our two countries have much in common. We have a shared interest in freedom, democracy and individual liberty.
Here are some photos from the trip:
Quote to Remember
“The cause for which we give thanks, for which so many of our citizens through the years have given their lives, has endured 200 years — a blessing to us and a light to all mankind.”
– President Ronald Reagan, 1987 Thanksgiving Proclamation
Rep. Jon Hardister
NC House Majority Whip