North Carolina Ranks Among The Top For Business

Posted by Christopher Shumate | Dec 17, 2012 | 0 Comments

There is a lot of misleading information in the recent news regarding North Carolina's business climate. As the Republican Party has taken control of the state legislature, politicians have issued bold promises of cuts to spending and various unspecified "reforms". One area where some politicians more direct is the area regarding the rights of people injured by the negligence of others, and workers injured on the job. House Speaker Thom Tillis has falsely proclaimed that gutting workers' compensation laws and civil remedies for injured parties will stimulate North Carolina business. North Carolina Chamber Governmental Affairs V.P. John McAllister has also indicated that "reform" to N.C.'s workers' compensation system and tort laws are among the Chamber's top initiatives., Tillis To Business Leaders; Be Patient, 02/01/11

Unfortunately, but not surprisingly, these politicians and special interest groups like The Chamber have failed to advise the general public of a lot of key information. First, North Carolina actually ranks quite well for businesses: Ranked #1 - 2010 Best Business Climate (Site Selection Magazine); Ranked #1 - 2010 Lowest State & Local Tax Burden on Business (Council on State Taxation and Ernst & Young); Ranked #2 - 2010 Best States for Business (CEO Magazine); Ranked #3 - 2010 The Best State for Business (Forbes); Ranked #4 - 2010 Best State overall for business (CNBC); Ranked #5 - 2010 Pro-Business State (Polina Corporate Real Estate).

Secondly, these same people are attempting to pass legislation that destroys the rights of injured parties in North Carolina, while the general public (average joe) has no understanding of what is actually going on. I'm quite sure that my clients are concerned about the current economic climate of our state. I've heard from your own mouths how you wish the elected officials would stop wasting taxpayer money, and actually do their jobs. What I have yet to hear from any average citizen is that they would actually vote to give up their rights when a negligent party brought serious injury upon them.

I would encourage anyone reading this posting to pay close attention to what is actually going on in the state legislature. It is crucial that you understand what is actually being "pushed", not just listen to the slogan from a professional politician or a lobbyist group. In this political and economic climate, you must guard your individual rights and call / write your personal elected officials to demand they represent you accordingly. If you don't do so, you will find that you will have lost your rights.

If you need more information regarding this ongoing legislative matter, please contact our office.

About the Author

Christopher Shumate

Mr. Chris Shumate is a native of Gastonia, North Carolina, and worked various jobs while pursuing his undergraduate and Juris Doctor education, including several heavy manual labor and skilled trade positions. In his practice, Mr. Shumate often encounters circumstances where these prior experiences are helpful in representing you. Upon graduating law school from the University of South Carolina, Mr. Shumate joined one of the Carolinas' larger defense firms, where he represented a diverse set of employers and insurance companies in civil cases and workers' compensation claims across the Carolinas. Chris utilized this experience to obtain a working knowledge of the insurance industry, and build personal contacts used today in representing you. Mr. Shumate ultimately decided he wanted to focus his law practice on assisting those who have been injured, and doing so with the focus on a personal relationship that is uncommon in the bigger firms. Mr. Shumate's also has a passion for assisting those facing the challenges of the criminal legal system. By representing individuals in a variety of criminal and traffic matters, Mr. Shumate works to achieve the best possible result for each client regardless of the charges levied by the prosecution. Chris has tirelessly pursued his mission of helping people from all walks of life throughout the Carolinas with a variety of legal matters. If you are interested in learning more about Chris Shumate and The Shumate Law Offices, please contact us at 704.371.5059. We look forward to assisting you to achieve a positive result in your legal concern. Education J.D., University of South Carolina B.S., University of South Carolina Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice N.C. State BarS.C. State BarU.S. District Court Western District of North Carolina Professional & Bar Association Memberships N.C. Bar Association S.C. Bar Association Mecklenburg County Bar N.C. Academy Of Trial Lawyers American Association For Justice


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