Sen. Jackson says state budget coming soon

By: By Brent Jackson - Contributing columnist

(Editor’s note: A state budget was adopted late Friday, after Sen. Jackson’s column was written and submitted for publication.)

The budget has continued to dominate the agenda at the Legislature this week. We have made good progress during our negotiations with the House, and I believe we will have a budget soon. We have been working on several other conference reports to get policy differences ironed out.

Question of the Week: I want to thank everyone who took the time to respond to last week’s question. I enjoy hearing from you all and value everyone’s input. In response to last week’s question, most of you indicated that you knew what a food desert is, or have at least heard the term. However, no one believed that they live in a food desert. From what we have been told, the food desert problem is growing in both rural and urban areas. We are currently researching this topic, to gather a more complete understanding of this issue. At the end of the day, I believe this a free market issue that will resolve its self.

In my opinion, it is a travesty for anyone to go hungry in North Carolina given the abundance of food that we produce. September is Hunger Action Month across the country, and food banks are stepping up their efforts to raise awareness and support. I believe food banks are useful tools to combat hunger and provide food for those who go without.

To learn more about Hunger Action Month, visit

This week, I would like to hear from you on issues you would like to see addressed in this column. In next week’s edition, we will address whatever issue gets the most interest.

I look forward to hearing from you!

As always, please do not hesitate to contact me if I can assist you in any way possible.

This Friday marked the 14th anniversary of the attacks on September 11th. Its fitting that we honor the people who lost their lives that day. I remember well when President George W. Bush addressed the nation after the attacks. His words illustrate how I think many of us felt that day.

“Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundation of America. These acts shatter steel, but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve.”

Sampson County Business Expo

The Clinton-Sampson Chamber of Commerce and the Sampson County Agri-Exposition Center are teaming up to showcase local businesses. This year, the two groups have brought back the Sampson County Business Expo. The expo is a one-day trade show designed as an opportunity for businesses to showcase their goods, products, and services. The event will be held on Nov. 5 at the Sampson Agri-Exposition Center and is free to the general public. It will be open from 1:30-8 p.m.

The deadline to rent booth space at the November event is quickly approaching. Event coordinators are asking all businesses interested in renting a booth space to contact the Chamber office, 910-592-6177, or the Exposition Center, 910-592-6451, for more information. Event coordinators say they are expecting a complete sellout of the event, with only space for the rental of 70 booths.

Brent Jackson is a N.C. senator representing District 10, which includes Sampson, Duplin and Johnston counties.

By Brent Jackson

Contributing columnist

Sen. Brent Jackson Brent Jackson

Brent Jackson is a N.C. senator representing District 10, which includes Sampson, Duplin and Johnston counties.