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Opinion

As we gather with friends and family this July Fourth for backyard barbecues and fireworks, we should take a moment to honor not only the values of freedom and liberty that make our country great, but also those who have fought to protect them. North Carolina is the most military-friendly state in the nation - a place where we pride ourselves on the support we provide to our military, our veterans, and their families.

America's servicemen and women put their lives on the line for our country every day, leaving behind their families and loved ones, to keep us safe. As a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, I am committed to providing them with opportunities for future success.

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It is rare that Washington agrees on much of anything these days.

But last week, the Senate came together – Democrats and Republicans – to pass the most significant reform of American agriculture policy in decades.

Agriculture is the largest industry in our state, employing hundreds of thousands of North Carolinians, and my first priority during debate on the 2013 Farm Bill was making sure it worked for North Carolina’s farmers.

I was proud to work with Senators from both sides of the aisle to pass a bill that does just that.

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State leaders hope to offer increased support to older adults in the community and save money within the health care system starting in July. During the North Carolina Senior Tar Heel Legislature (STHL) meeting in Raleigh, delegates and alternates were briefed on Medicaid reform and plans for expanding Project C.A.R.E. (Caregiver Alternatives to Running on Empty). Unfortunately, the expansion of one program might mean possible cuts in another vital program.

Keynote speaker, Dr. Aldona Wos, Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Service (DHHS) in North Carolina, shared her history with the audience.

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TAX REFORM - We have received a lot of feedback from citizens across North Carolina – constituents, businesspeople, our colleagues in the House, the governor – and, of course, those who write the editorial pages. While we believe the plan discussed in the Senate over the past few weeks is sound and fair economic policy, we must pass a bill that can receive broad support. So now we have a compromise plan for tax reform – one that addresses concerns about the impact of having a sales tax on food, prescriptions and services heavily used by working families.

Our compromise plan will simplify our 1930s Depression- era tax code, provide substantial tax relief to working families, make North Carolina more attractive for job creation and cut taxes by more than $1 billion in the first three years alone.

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