1989-1990 Legislative Report

September 9th, 2016 by

For a look at the 1989-1990 Biennium in the North Carolina General Assembly, see this report from my first term in office.

2004 Legislative Session Report

August 4th, 2004 by

This is a report of what the Assembly accomplished during its “Short Session” of May 10 – July 18, 2004. The main purpose of the Short Session is to “adjust” the Budget. I voted against the “adjusted” State Budget, (HB 1414- will spend $15.9 billion this year of state funds), for the following ten reasons: […]

2003 Legislative Session Report

December 4th, 2003 by

Hundreds of issues are considered and thousands of votes cast during each session of the Assembly. You have read about some of these issues in the press. Here are a few others which may not have received as much attention or upon which a different perspective may be helpful. I did not vote for the […]

Targeted Business Incentives are Not Good Public Policy

February 19th, 2003 by

Targeted Business Incentives are Not Good Public Policy by Paul Stam and Tom Vass February 19, 2003 SUMMARY Targeted state incentives do not provide a net economic gain. Incentives merely redistribute jobs and investment from one business to another and from one region to another.  Price adjustments in free competitive markets lead to maximum efficiency […]


March 3rd, 1998 by

Opening Statement to the Twin City Republican Club on the Science and Ethics of Cloning By: Paul Stam, Representative of the 37th District It would be presumptuous indeed if I attempted to lay out the case against cloning of individual human beings in the time allotted. Instead let me raise 11 sets of questions that […]

Is Public Education The Only Way That Children Can Learn?

March 12th, 1997 by

Published in Neighbors In Governor Hunt’s fourth inaugural address he used “publiceducation” so often that observers wondered if this was a new six-syllable word that he had invented. Is there something intrinsically wrong with private education? What is this debate about? It is a tax fairness issue and an education quality issue. In North Carolina […]

More Freedom, Less Government

November 1st, 1996 by

More Freedom Less Government By: Paul Stam, Representative of the 37th District How big do you want your government to be? Conservatives generally advocate less government. Yesterday’s liberals (who have curiously changed their name to the meaningless ‘moderates’) invariably act to create more government. What is the issue here? Government has only two ultimate tools […]

Three Strikes and You’re Out of Here

August 22nd, 1996 by

Three Strikes and You’re Out By: Paul Stam, Representative of the 37th District Three strikes and you’re out. As California led the way North Carolina followed. Sounds like a good wholesome American rule. It goes with apple pie, the 4th of July and the All Star Game. We all know the rule but how will […]

Out of Harm’s Way

June 4th, 1996 by

No Way to Run the U.S. Army By: Paul Stam, Representative of the 37th District In the recent (1996) women’s varsity soccer conference tournament, Cary High School lost 3-0 to Apex. During the regular season, Cary had tied Apex 1-1, then beat Apex 1-0. I have figured out why Cary lost in this final match-up. […]

Pro Bono Work for a Homeless Woman

January 20th, 1992 by

January 20, 1992 To: Mr. Victor Boone Dear Victor: This is a conclusion to our efforts involving AAS. AAS was referred to us, having been evicted (by disconnection of electricity) from her home along with her 9 year old daughter. We first obtained the help of a local church in housing for a night. Later […]