As a voting member of the State Board of Education, Dan's voting pattern reflects his desire to maintain as much authority and control over education decisions at the local level as possible. He has been outspoken in his belief that North Carolina should set the aspirational goal of having the highest paid and highest performing teachers in the country, and he is working on a plan of action to be unveiled in early 2014 to start moving the state in that direction. He believes in school choice in education with as many options provided to parents and students as possible. As chair of the eLearning Commission he is working on a strategy to deliver high-speed broadband and one-to-one mobile devices throughout our state. As a member of the State Board of Community Colleges, he is active in developing and fostering the growth of educational choices to bridge the gap of work force development skills in our population.
As a member of the State Board of Economic Development, Dan is working on a long term strategy to assist with the economic growth of our State. As a former small business owner himself, he is aware of the negative impacts of excessive regulation and taxation on job-creating small business owners. He is an outspoken advocate for lowering our corporate and personal income tax rates to become more competitive with our Southeastern neighbors. As Lieutenant Governor, Dan is active in the recruitment of companies to come to our state and feels strongly that customer service and regulatory relief are critical to maintaining a strong pro-business climate in North Carolina.
The Lieutenant Governor serves as chair of the Energy Policy Council, a thirteen member board tasked with developing a comprehensive, long term, statewide energy plan. The energy market is critical to North Carolina for job growth, financial stability and energy independence, and the council will be studying all viable forms of energy to develop a sound plan to be delivered to the Governor and General Assembly.