NC District 46 – Avery, Burke, Caldwell
Senator Warren Daniel
May 6th, 2020
I pray that everyone in your family is healthy and safe. At the time of the writing of this article, our state is still battling COVID-19 with state-wide executive orders issued by Governor Cooper, as well as additional county-level social-distancing orders. I hope that some of those orders will be relaxed reasonably by the time this article is published and that you have been able to complete some home projects and spend quality time with your families during the last two months. To date, North Carolina has had approximately 6800 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with about 200 deaths in our state. We do not know how many of the 6800 persons infected have recovered, but several thousand of them may have. Many of those who have not contracted the virus still have been affected in other ways, with the loss of their jobs, their businesses, their ability to attend church or even hike in many of our state and federal parks. It has truly been a life-altering time for all of us, and the after-effects of the shutdown are likely to be felt for many months to come. On April 28th, the NC General Assembly will return for the 2020 Short Session. I personally believe that Governor Cooper should have called us back earlier for an emergency Special Session, but he chose not to do that. When we do return on April 28th, the House and Senate will begin assessing the state’s revenues and cash balance in order to determine how much funding is available for a disaster relief package, and how those funds should be prioritized. Other issues on the front burner will include how we as a state should safely reopen our economy, and how to better protect the First Amendment rights of our churches to continue meeting, and the right of our citizens to peacefully protest. In my view, these are fundamental freedoms that need to be protected if we are to continue to be Americans. As with most tough issues in Raleigh, there are no easy answers. I am thankful that for this time you have granted me the privilege and responsibility to be your voice in government. Please feel free to contact me to share your thoughts on how we should safely and efficiently return our state to normalcy.
And as always, my staff and I continue to be available to assist you, the citizens of Avery, Burke, and Caldwell counties, with any state-level government issues that you may encounter. May God bless each and every one of you during these uncertain times. We don’t know what the future holds, but we know who holds the future.
Senator Warren Daniel is a Republican and represents NC District 46 comprised of Avery, Burke, and Caldwell Counties. He can be reached at 300 N. Salisbury Street, Rm. 627 Raleigh, NC 27603. By phone at (919) 715-7823, or by email at Warren.Daniel@ncleg.net.