Taxes and fees paid to the government is our money. An indispensable responsibility of an elected official is the prudent supervision over taxpayers’ dollars. Budgets must be balanced focusing on producing excellent governmental services while building assets for the future. Effective balanced budgets promote private investment and economic development, creating quality jobs and resources we can use to improve our healthcare, education, public safety, and infrastructure. Tax regulations should promote individual savings and private investment. Effective balanced budgets and changes in our tax laws have resulted in North Carolina becoming a leader in attracting and expanding businesses. John knows that resourceful fiscal policies with common sense regulations can enhance the effectiveness of government, promoting private investment and provide greater economic freedom for all North Carolinians.