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NC State Senate District 9

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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  • Michael Lee
    (Rep)

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    Harper Peterson
    (Dem)

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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?

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Our present tax model favors large corporations and special interests. Hard-working, middle-class men and women bare the brunt of our tax burden due to regressive sales and income taxes. How we tax our residents and spend those tax dollars is the top duty of the NC Legislature. Raising the minimum wage to a living wage goes hand and hand with a more balanced tax policy. A priority for me is working to bring back over 4,000 full-time film industry jobs, lost by a Republican-controlled legislature that let the film tax credits expire and voted to support HB2. In the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, these jobs will be crucial to rebuilding North Carolina’s economy and getting families back to work through a revitalized tax credit incentive program.
Safer healthy communities begin with affordable housing, a living wage, job opportunities, and a “sound, basic” public education system. We must welcome and be an advocate for improving public safety, social services, and judicial systems through reform. The Second Chance Act and Raise The Age are two legislative initiatives I am proud to support. Additionally, realizing the real impacts of Adverse Childhood Experiences(ACEs) on lifelong violence and victimization is necessary for combating this reality. Mental illness and substance abuse must be met with strong preventive policy and compassionate treatment programs. Finally, it is my top priority to establish racial equity and be a champion for the disenfranchised and vulnerable communities in North Carolina.