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NC State Senate District 48

The North Carolina State Senate is the upper body of the North Carolina Legislature and consists of 50 members who serve a term of two years. Each member represents an average of 190,710 residents, as of the 2010 Census. The Senate elects officers from their membership including the President Pro Tempore.The North Carolina General Assembly, of which the Senate is a part, is to convene a new regular session every two years. The NC legislature makes decisions on the budget: taxes, tax credits, economic development, education funding, Pre-K, the courts, Medicaid, etc. It also passes laws that set environmental standards such as water and air quality, tax rates, tax credits, criminal justice. Legislators in both chambers serve two-year terms without term limits. Sessions begin at noon on the third Wednesday after the second Monday in January.

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    Brian Caskey
    (Dem)

  • Chuck Edwards
    (Rep)

Biographical Information

What do you see as your most important priority if you are elected?

Education policy and funding issues have been in the news lately. What are your views and priorities on how this should be addressed in the coming year?

Tax policy can be used to address many issues –giving subsidies to companies coming to NC, balancing the needs of urban and rural areas, providing family support such as the earned-income tax credit, etc. What are your views about the tax policies in NC?

Recently the legislature changed both the NC and US legislative districts. What are your views about drawing maps in 2021 when this will again need to occur?

Age (optional) 48
Contact Phone (828) 318-4878
email address brian.caskey@gmail.com
Twitter @briancaskeync
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Position/philosophy statement Our system right now is broken. To fix it - and we can - we need to prioritize the environment, education, healthcare, and the end of gerrymandering.
We need new leadership in Western North Carolina. We need effective leadership.

It’s not effective leadership when one out of every four children does not know whether there will be food on the table at dinner time or not. Let's end rural hunger. Our children are our greatest treasure, and corporate tax breaks are contributing to the divide between rich and poor.

It's not effective government when our political leadership is taking money from Duke Energy and other polluters and then allowing them to destroy the environment that we rely upon for agriculture, for tourism, and for clean air and water. We need new leadership that will stand up for what's right and not be tempted by corporate PAC money.

As everyone knows, the Renewable Energy Tax Credit is still in effect in North Carolina (my wife and I were able to take advantage of the credits to place solar panels on our own home), but that law is due to 'sunset' in two years. We should be encouraging solar energy as a sustainable alternative to fossil fuels, so renewing that will be a key to success. Moving towards green energy sources will also create jobs and transition workers who are currently working in lower-paying, non-sustainable careers into a newer and more lucrative line of work.
When you adjust for inflation and enrollment, public school funding in North Carolina is still less than it was a decade ago — and nowhere is that more apparent than teacher salaries. Unfortunately, Republican leaders in the General Assembly would rather give more tax cuts to big corporations instead of restoring education funding to sustainable levels. We must reverse this trend.

Phil Berger - and his sycophantic enablers, like Chuck Edwards - need to stop the deceptive “record raise” claims and provide genuine and meaningful pay increases of at least 10% across the board for all certified and classified school staff.

The facts are these. A first year teacher in 2007 made $36,592 in today’s dollars. This year’s starting salary is $35,000. We cannot claim to be giving 'record raises' when teachers' earning power has actually declined over the last decade! We cannot continue to prioritize corporate budget cuts and private school vouchers when professional teachers and staff are making do without proper textbooks, supplies, materials, and pay.
Tax policies in NC are completely out of whack with the needs of the state.

We must stop giving billions in handouts to big corporations ($3.6B in the last budget cycle) and we must begin to re-invest in our infrastructure, starting with our schools. The fact is, North Carolina has lower tax rates for business than any other state in the South, by far, and the low tax rates aren't creating jobs. Since 2013, North Carolina's job growth has consistently been around 3%. Last year, that slipped to 2.5%, so the more tax breaks we give, the more money is pocketed by CEOs and out-of-state investors.

The easiest way to raise people up out of poverty is to restore the earned income tax credit. This is a no-brainer, because the more people earn, the bigger a credit they receive.

Republican resistance to expanding Medicaid is pure cruelty. The standard Republican talking point is that if you want to work in North Carolina, we've got the strongest jobs market that we've ever had. Well, that's true if you want a part time job with no benefits. But Medicaid is income-based, and those who can't or won't work already qualify for Medicaid. Those who are working hard to provide for their families are falling into the gap between Medicaid eligibility and any other health insurance coverage. Let's expand Medicaid, provide coverage to 635,000 North Carolinians, and stop sending our tax money to New York and California and Michigan.
As soon as the census results are completed, the Legislature will be tasked with the chore of drawing legislative maps for both state and federal districts. My feeling is that a legislator should never, ever choose their own voters. Even when the process is 'transparent' and 'data is not allowed to be used' there is legacy knowledge that can be applied. Legislators know where their voting strongholds are. That's why we need an independent, nonpartisan redistricting commission to draw the maps. The maps should be fair and reflective of the true political landscape in North Carolina.
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