General Assembly Passes COVID-19 Relief Bill


To help relieve the hard working families of North Carolina and lay the foundation for economic recovery during these difficult times, the NC General Assembly passed a $1.6 Billion COVID-19 recovery bill. The legislation includes: $25 million to community colleges to respond to COVID-19 impacts $125 million for small business loans $115 million to help rural communities and hospitals $44.4 … Read More

NC Senate Announces $2.03 Billion School Construction, Maintenance Funding Plan


Republican senators announced a $2.03 billion funding plan for school construction and maintenance over the next nine years. The proposal, called the Building N.C.’s Future Act, would provide dedicated resources from the State Capital and Infrastructure Fund (SCIF) to meet the growing need for construction of new schools and maintenance of existing schools. The legislature created the SCIF in 2017 … Read More

North Carolina Gains 87,00 Jobs in a Year, Unemployment Below National Average


The jobless rate in North Carolina remained below the national average in December as the state gained more than 87,000 jobs over the last 12 months, according to a recent report from the state’s Department of Commerce. North Carolina’s economy saw substantial job gains in manufacturing, hospitality, education, and health services since 2017, and the state’s unemployment rate of 3.6 … Read More

Voter ID Legislation


A voter ID bill was introduced in the North Carolina Senate yesterday that would secure elections, while allowing a broad range of photo IDs and making it simple, easy, and free to obtain a photo ID. This bill is the implementing legislation for the voter ID constitutional amendment that was passed with wide support from North Carolina voters on Election … Read More

The First Historically Minority-Serving Institutions (HMSI) Summit


Yesterday, I co-sponsored with UNC President Margaret Spellings the first Historically Minority-Serving Institutions (HMSI) Summit. Chancellor Anderson of FSU State University hosted this event on his campus. Elizabeth City State University, North Carolina A&T State University, North Carolina Central University, University of North Carolina Pembroke, Winston-Salem State University, and Fayetteville State University were all represented.  3 other senators attended, Sen. … Read More

How District 19 and Cumberland County has Benefited from my Leadership


Wesley Meredith North Carolina Senate – Fourth Senate Senior Member  -Majority Whip  -Chairman of Commerce/Insurance  -Chairman of Transportation Appropriations –20 Million plus on Road Improvements Based on my Chairmanship on Transportation –15 Million for Cumberland County Schools Repair and Renovation –10.9 Million for Cape Fear Valley Residency Program –5.5 Million for FSU Health & Wellness Center –2.5 Million for completion … Read More

N.C. Legislature to Convene October 2 for Hurricane Florence Relief Session


My colleagues and I will convene Tuesday, October 2 to begin considering disaster relief legislation in support of victims of Hurricane Florence. I supported calling the extra session next week to address pressing needs for education communities, provide policy flexibility to storm victims, and prepare for a fourth disaster recovery act since 2016 as well as federal relief funding from … Read More

2018 Campaign of Honor


The 4-week Campaign of Honor began on August 13th showcasing Cumberland County’s First Responders. Each week, I visited and posted daily on my Facebook Page with each classification of First Responders: Telecommunicators, Emergency Medical Service (EMS), Law Enforcement, and Fire Fighters. I took pictures, videos, and gathered essential information.  I encourage you to go to my Facebook to see and … Read More

Thank you Cumberland County for Relief Efforts


Many churches in our community opened their doors to hundreds of residents affected by Florence. Since I worship at Manna Church, I participated with them for several days offering food, water, essential supplies, and clean up at many Florence victim’s homes.  Several businesses also contributed to the needs of the people affected. Schools became shelters, and school staff participated. I … Read More

State/FEMA Disaster Recovery Center Opens 7 Days a Week at DSS


The State of North Carolina and FEMA have opened a Disaster Recovery Center at the Cumberland County Department of Social Services, 1225 Ramsey St., that will operate seven days a week. Hours are Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The state said in a media release that other centers will be … Read More