When I was first elected to the NC House, North Carolina’s economy was in bad shape. Unemployment was sky-high. We had a $3 billion dollar budget deficit, record-high taxes, and out-of-control regulations that were killing small businesses. That’s why we immediately went to work to get our economy moving again. We enacted job-creating regulatory reform, passed historic tax relief, rolled back government red tape, and balanced the state budget. These reforms led to an all-time low in unemployment, over 500,000 new jobs created, and more money in the pockets of hard-working families. North Carolina is now widely recognized as one of the best states in the country for job growth and quality of life.