North Carolina House of Representatives Prayers 2011-2014

December 31st, 2014 by

Prayers in the North Carolina House of Representatives – 2011 to 2014 The above link takes you to all of the collected prayers offered in the North Carolina House from 2011 to 2014. The impetus for this project was not spiritual but legal. With the legal reasons for this collection no longer relevant I share them […]

Stam’s Bills 2013-2014

November 14th, 2014 by

Updated September 2014 At the end of every session I compile a list of bills that I sponsored (or that I managed) in order to see what happened.  Many times a bill that is blocked in one way progresses or becomes law in another measure.  That is part of the legislative process.  If you have […]

Setting the Record Straight on Privilege Taxes

October 30th, 2014 by

October 29, 2014 Leaders of Apex, Holly Springs and Fuquay Varina Re:       Privilege Taxes/Fiscal Impact You may have read in Monday’s News and Observer the article entitled “Privilege Tax Repeal Could Cause Property-Tax Hike in Raleigh”.  The link is attached here. The General Assembly took several measures in 2013/2014 that affect revenues for cities and […]

Dear Editor: A letter to the editor from Rep. Stam

October 12th, 2014 by

Friends, Please take a moment a read my Letter to the Editor that I sent on Friday, October 10th. It is important to know the facts. Letter to the Editor   October 10, 2014 Dear Editor:   Yesterday I received mail from the NC Democratic Party.  While the mailer was directed against Speaker Thom Tillis, […]

A Closer Look at Pro-Life Legislation in N.C. and its Impact on Abortions

October 2nd, 2014 by

Legislation has consequences. While there are many factors involved, it is difficult to say what action caused these results, but cumulatively this is what happened. Reported abortions have seen approximately a 25% reduction since 2010. With legislation put in place in 2011 and 2013, I felt a closer look at this topic was important. To […]

2014 “Short Session” Update

August 28th, 2014 by

Revised August 28, 2014 This was the first session in 144 years that a Republican Governor had a Republican majority in the General Assembly. We had a lot to accomplish before adjourning for the year. Budget and Taxes:    For the fourth straight year we were able to balance the budget without raising tax rates. The […]

What Happened During the 2014 Session?

August 27th, 2014 by

1.    Balanced the budget for the fourth straight year without a tax increase (Appropriations Act of 2014,(SB 744)). 2.    Provided the largest overall teacher pay raise in nine years by giving public school educators an average 6.92% raise (Appropriations Act of 2014, (SB 744)). 3.    Funded a $1000 pay raise (plus benefits and 5 extra […]

The 2014 Dispute over Lottery Advertising Raises Some Eyebrows

August 26th, 2014 by

The 2014 Dispute over Lottery Advertising Raises Some Eyebrows  Representative Paul Stam[1] During the budget development process, the House proposed to double the quantity of Lottery advertising (from 1% to 2% of revenue), but add the restrictions the House had passed 99-12 in the Honest Lottery Act (HB 156)[2].  The Senate Appropriations Committee met on […]

Why Voters Should Support the Constitutional Amendment Allowing Criminal Defendants to Waive a Jury and be tried by a Superior Court Judge

August 11th, 2014 by

Revised October 16, 2014 Raleigh, NC – During the 2013 Long Session the North Carolina General Assembly passed Senate Bill 399, “Criminal Defendant May Waive Jury Trial.” If approved on November 4, 2014 it will amend the North Carolina Constitution to provide that an accused may, with the consent of the judge, waive the right […]

Lottery Newsletter Spreads Irrelevant Information

June 11th, 2014 by

The North Carolina Lottery Commission announced on Tuesday, January 28, 2014, record breaking lottery sales: such sales contribute to State education funding.  However, the release provides no context.  This continues the lottery commission’s attempt to burnish its image despite the facts.  An example of such an attempt is the commission’s October 2013 newsletter.  The headline […]

The Logic of Toll Roads

May 6th, 2014 by

The Logic of Toll Roads May 6, 2014 Representative Paul Stam “Good tax policy decrees that wherever possible a fee for a service should be assessed against those who directly benefit from that service.” Ronald Reagan Radio Address to the Nation on Proposed Legislation for a Highway and Bridge Repair Program November 27, 1982  (The […]

Who Really Put a Heavy Tax Burden on the Poor?

April 17th, 2014 by

Raleigh – Harry Reid’s PAC ads claim that Republicans raised taxes for most North Carolinians. I attribute that nonsense to his poor research team. But I then get somewhat confused when I hear Senate Minority Leader Dan Blue, Senate Minority Whip Josh Stein or Senator Floyd McKissick, Black Caucus Leader claim that Republican Tax Reform […]

Why I Endorsed Thom Tillis For The U.S. Senate

April 10th, 2014 by

In 2011 hardly a day went by without some reporter or pundit decrying the “abrupt turn to the right” of the North Carolina House and Senate.  These cries of alarm were multiplied in 2013 when, for the first time in 144 years, a Republican Governor met a Republican legislative majority upon his inauguration.  When newspaper […]

District 37 Precinct Meeting at Stars Theatre in Fuquay-Varina

February 26th, 2014 by

Photos Courtesy of Ben Herrmann

Jane Levring Stam Miner

February 5th, 2014 by

JANE LEVRING STAM MINER March 11, 1925 – February 3, 2014  I am sad to tell you that my mother, Jane Levring Stam Miner, died yesterday at her home in Chatham County at the age of 88.  She was a devoted servant of Jesus Christ. Those interested in her many exploits can click on the […]

98 Supporters Attend Rep. Stam’s 2014 Election Kickoff

February 2nd, 2014 by

Photos courtesy of Ben Herrmann

North Carolina Education Expenditures

February 2nd, 2014 by

Attached is a chart the Fiscal Research Division at the General Assembly put together tracking North Carolina’s Public School and Higher Education Expenditures over the past 8-10 years. For the public schools, it breakdowns the total spent by state, federal, and county funds and uses both current and constant dollars on a per pupil basis. Expenditures […]