President Clinton Has Delivered on His PromisesMaking North Carolina a Better Place to Live and Work. President Clinton has been a leader on the issues the people of North Carolina care about. President Clinton has delivered:
A Growing Economy: Unemployment in North Carolina has dropped: 5.5% to 4.1%. Our nation now has the lowest combined rate of unemployment, inflation and mortgage rates since 1968. Consumer confidence is at its highest level in six years, real wages are rising for the first time in a decade, and homeownership is at a 15-year high. New Jobs, Better Wages: 325,200 new jobs created in North Carolina under President Clinton over twice as many as during the previous four years; 10.5 million jobs created nationally. Over the next two years, 265,000 workers in North Carolina will benefit from the minimum wage increase. Stronger Families: The Family and Medical Leave Act protects 1.25 million workers in North Carolinaallowing them 12 weeks of unpaid leave for the birth of a child or to take care of a sick family member without fear of losing their jobs. Teen pregnancy is falling, the poverty rate is decreasing, the number of people on welfare is declining. In North Carolina alone, 62,463 fewer people are on welfare and 15,498 fewer are on food stamps. In addition, tougher child support enforcement collects nearly $65 million more -- an increase of 38.9% since FY 1992. Increased Access to Education: 155,100 students in North Carolina can benefit from the Presidents reformed student loan program. 16,161 students benefited from Head Start funding in 1995. In 1993-1996, North Carolina will receive $17,234,414 to fund the Goals 2000 program, which seeks to increase academic achievement by raising academic standards, increasing parental and community involvement in education, expanding the use of computers and technology in classrooms, and supporting high-quality teacher professional development. Cut the Deficit in Half: Reducing the burden of national debt for every North Carolina family of four by $15,000. A Tax Cut: By expanding the Earned Income Tax Credit, the President cut taxes for nearly 525,000 working families in North Carolina and 15 million working families nationwide. By expanding the annual expensing allowance, 33,713 North Carolina small businesses will receive a tax cut this year. Pension and Health Care Coverage: Because President Clinton signed the Retirement Savings and Security Act, 240,000 workers in North Carolina for small businesses will be offered expanded opportunity for pension coverage. In North Carolina, as many as 540,000 in families with a worker who changed, lost or left a job with health insurance will be guaranteed continued access to health insurance under the Kassebaum-Kennedy Health Insurance Bill which President Clinton fought for and signed into law. Safer Streets and Communities: The Presidents Crime Bill adds 913 police officers to North Carolinas streets. Three Strikes and Youre Out, the Brady Bill, the Assault Weapons Ban, and community policing are working. Our nations crime rate is down. The number of murders reported has dropped 8%one of the largest declines in three decades. In North Carolina alone, the crime rate dropped 2.8% during the first three years of the Clinton Administration. In addition, the state received almost $3 million to combat domestic violence. Renewed Growth in Key Industries: After a decade of enormous job losses in construction, manufacturing, and autos, these industries have made a remarkable recoverymore than one million new jobs created under this Administration.
Fighting for a Balanced Budget That Reflects Our Values: Now we are fighting for a balanced budget that will lift the burden of debt off our children and reflect American valuesa balanced budget that:
Honors our commitment to give Americas seniors the health care they deserve. Protects investment in our young peoples futuresHead Start, access to college. Protects Americas clean water and air, national parks, and our public health. Preserves tax fairness for Americas working families.
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