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NC House of Representatives District 26

The North Carolina House of Representatives is the lower house of the North Carolina General Assembly. The House of Representatives consists of 120 members who serve a term of two years. Each member represents an average of 79,462 residents, as of the 2010 Census. The presiding officer of the House of Representatives is the Speaker of the House, who holds powers similar to those of the Senate President pro-tem. The Speaker is elected by the members from their membership for a two-year term. The Speaker’s duties include maintaining order in the House and appointing members to the House standing committees.The North Carolina General Assembly, of which the House is a part, is to convene a new regular session every two years, and the dates for these sessions are set by law. 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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    Linda Bennett
    (Dem)

  • Donna McDowell White
    (Rep)

Biographical Information

1. What do you see as your most important priority if you are elected? [Youtube video for this question or text or both].

2. 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?

3. 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?

4. Many communities in North Carolina are experiencing significant violence. Do you think that changes to the laws in our state would improve safety in our communities?

Age (optional) 68
Contact Phone (919) 455-1707
email address Bennettnc26@gmail.com
Position/philosophy statement I will work for a state that educates all our children, cares for seniors, and provides a safe, healthy and prosperous community for all.
Attracting clean, green and technological industries is a priority for North Carolina’s future. Tax incentives can help create a welcoming environment. However, too often large incentives are given and the benefit is either never or only proportional realized. Judicious use of tax incentives can be done but must be tied to measurable goals and the incentive changed or withdrawn if the recipient fails fulfill their obligation. There are many desirable rural locations in NC that could be developed by using innovation and tax incentives to attract Small businesses. This can create local jobs and revitalize small towns. The earned income tax credit can also help struggling families and areas beset with many low wage jobs.
Traveling around the state , what I see most is the violence of poverty. No jobs and the multitude of jobs that do not pay a living wage are one of the foremost reasons for hopelessness turning to the violence of domestic abuse, property crimes and alcohol and drug abuse. Gun culture, fear of the other, and systemic racism that has never been resolved add to the burden. More police are not the answer. Education, especially early childhood education, higher wages, increased mental health access and aggressively treating drug or alcohol problems will help. Bringing good jobs and having an educated workforce that are ready to take those jobs will help. More affordable housing and childcare that working people can afford will also help. Putting people in jail and militarizing the police keeps escalating the problem. We have to be ready to use our tax dollars more wisely in attacking these issues at their heart.
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