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NC State Senate District 14

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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    Dan Blue
    (Dem)

  • Alan David Michael
    (Rep)

  • Justin Walczak
    (Lib)

Biographical Information

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

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?

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?

Contact Phone (919) 733-5750
email address Dan.blue@ncleg.gov
Twitter @DanBlueNC
Position/philosophy statement I believe that government’s sole purpose is to improve the quality of life for the people that it serves.
The most important priority right now is the health and safety of North Carolinians, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic. That means making tough policy decisions, and getting funding to the people, businesses and institutions that need it the most. We will get through this pandemic together, and if we are vigilant about health and safety measures set forth by the experts, then we will be in a good position to reopen North Carolina, and safely get our lives back to normal
It’s not enough to say that our children are our greatest asset, we need a state budget that reflects that thinking. We need strong investments in education — from pre-k all the way up to our universities — and that begins with a statewide school bond to address infrastructure needs. That effort continues by getting the staff and resources to classrooms, and giving every educator a competitive wage
The Republican shift from a progressive tax system to a flat tax has widened the income gap among North Carolinians. Tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations, enacted in 2013 under Republican leadership, now cost the state $3.5 billion annually in revenue. We need a full review of North Carolina’s tax policies, and make sure we provide relief for working families by restoring the Earned Income Tax Credit.
We’re at a critical moment in our history, and every public leader at every level needs to act to protect the well-being of North Carolinians. Black lives matter — but it’s not enough to say it, we need to back it up with policy. There are many things we can, and should, do at the state level, including banning choke holds, full participation in the FBI’s police incident data system, and providing funds for mental health response teams.
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