I hope everyone is enjoying their week and had a great Memorial Weekend. The House passed their budget last week, and now the Senate will write theirs. I look forward to working with my colleagues to insure that we pass a responsible, fiscally sound budget that places emphasis on our key priorities and responsibilities.
Question of the Week
Thank you to everyone who responded to last week’s question. Most people agreed that we should consolidate parks and attractions under the same department. The majority of you opposed creating a new department, but responses were split between the appropriate department to house attractions and parks. For this week, I would like to know your opinion of our current legal system. Do you think our legal system does a good job addressing and deterring violent crime? If not, how would you seek to address violent crime?
Below are some facts about violent crime in North Carolina:
- In 2010, N.C. had the lowest number of murders since 1966, with the highest number being in 1993.
- The violent crime rate in 2010 was .36 percent (number of violent crimes per population)
- The violent crime rate in 2005 was .47 percent
- The violent crime rate in 2000 was .50 percent
- The violent crime rate in 1990 was .62 percent
- The violent crime rate in 1980 was .46 percent
- The violent crime rate in 1970 was .37 percent
- The violent crime rate in 1960 was .22 percent
As always, please do not hesitate to contact me if I can assist you in any way possible.