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NC State Senate District 12

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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  • Jim Burgin

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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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Position/philosophy statement I stand for ensuring healthcare access, providing quality education, supporting working families, protecting our environment and equality for all.
Combating the COVID-19 pandemic and providing support to the citizens of NC whose lives have been severely affected. Under the leadership of Governor Cooper North Carolina has fared better than many of our neighboring states that tried to reopen too early. In order to protect our citizens many businesses were forced to close or severely curtail their normal operations. The economic impact has been severe. It will be critical to provide a safety net to protect the many North Carolinians affected by their loss of employment as well to the small business owners who provide so many jobs.
I stand for providing a quality education to all of our children. That means better pay for our teachers, adequate resources for our schools, better access to higher and technical education programs, expanding broadband throughout rural NC and expanding high-quality pre-K. The North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE) recently endorsed me because of my stance on Education.
The tax policy of the Republican dominated NC legislature over the past decade has been to reward the rich and punish the poor. It has significantly reduced taxes on the top upper 10% and for corporations. Changing over to a flat tax for everyone placed a larger burden on low income individuals and was simply unfair. By eliminating the earned-income tax credit NC became the first state in the nation to take away this proven aid to low income families. The Republican legislature has also piled on sales taxes on additional items and services. This year they would not even allow the traditional sales tax free weekend for back to school! I have no problem with giving subsidies to companies to bring new jobs to NC. The states with whom we compete are offering subsidies too. Our legislature has been guilty of ignoring the importance of making broadband available throughout our state
I have been a prison volunteer in NC for many years. Many of the men I meet who are incarcerated for violent crimes also suffer from addiction. Treating addiction and making the programs more widely available is more affective than just locking the men up. I have been alarmed at the increase in domestic violence during the COVID-19 crisis. We are blessed with the HAVEN here in Lee County, a facility that provides lodging and programs for the victims of abuse. Such shelters should be available in every county in NC. I believe our state would benefit from some common-sense gun safety laws such as a red flag law and a background check on every gun purchase. I also support community based policing and believe it is an effective tool in eliminating violence.