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NC House of Representatives District 32

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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  • Terry E. Garrison
    (Dem)

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    David Woodson
    (Rep)

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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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Contact Phone (301) 848-7548
email address woodson4nc@gmail.com
Twitter @DavidW0212
Position/philosophy statement I strive to be innovative and a visionary, and take common sense approaches to accomplished set goals. I understand that planning is key to success.
Fixing our Educational systems to provide better choices for our students. It’s time to abandon the progressive policies that have failed our District for decades. I will interduce legislation to strengthen partnerships with trade businesses to create summer job and youth apprenticeship programs for our District. I believe Parents have a right, and responsibility to direct their children’s education and curriculum choices. I will ensure our schools have access to technologies that enable students and parents to track assignments, projects and increases communications between parents and teachers. I believe a fair wage equals economic freedom and is fundamental to human liberty and dignity. Progressive policies have pushed the poverty rate in our district 4.7% higher than the national average. That unacceptable and it's time to change our Representation in Raleigh.
Funding public education in North Carolina is a complex and integrated process. We currently face attendance issues with remote learning due to COVID which might affect per-student funding remain at current school year levels. We must wisely use funding provided from the CARES Act in support of our School Districts. The bill includes an Education Stabilization Fund, which provides $13.5 billion in K-12 formula grants to states. The North Carolina Public School Budget, in 2019-20, North Carolina spent about $13.9 billion in funding (state, federal and local) for approximately 2,650 public schools - including about 200 charter schools. Over all North Carolina spends almost 40 percent of the state budget on public education, more than any other expenditure. Yet does a poor job of getting needed funds to students, provides little flexibility and offers little transparency. The system isn’t working for students, policymakers, poor children, taxpayers or educators. I would focus a Weighted Student Funding to more accurately fund the actual costs of educating students with diverse needed.
Government should tax only to raise money for its constitutional functions. I support a thorough review of expenditures each year, and a taxpayer’s bill of rights. I support reforming the tax code to encourage economic growth that moves toward a system that taxes the broadest possible base of economic activity at the lowest possible rates. I oppose our taxes being spent in “slush funds” especially since in many cases it’s used as a reward for some political support. No State funds should be spent without an explicit appropriation. Raiding of dedicated funds should not be allowed except in an emergency as determined by law. I believe the state’s budget bill should be made public at least two legislative days before the final vote in each house and I believe every bill heard in committee should receive a vote. I would support a sales tax exemption for Churches and nonprofit organizations in North Carolina. Current law does not exempt nonprofit organizations from sales tax however, G.S. 105-164.14(b) provides for refunds of sales and use tax paid by Churches and nonprofit. Elimination of this tax/refund process would reduce administrative cost on both the State and the Church. A new program with the potential to attract investment capital into low-income areas of North Carolina was created by recently passed federal tax legislation. These "Opportunity Zones" offer investors tax benefits when they invest into these areas. NC should take full advantage of the this program.
Yes. Overcriminalization is a minefield that has a chilling effect on lower- income citizens, property owners, private enterprise, free speech, neighborhood boards and communities. It has even ensnared our churches and nonprofit organizations. In 2018 the General Assembly began to look at “Criminal Law Reform”. I would sponsor or cosponsor legislation to create a formal oversight body to review and recommend to the General Assembly; unnecessary, obsolete, redundant and unconstitutional crimes recommended for elimination; or downgrading to an appropriate regulatory and municipal offense, from a crime to an infraction. Eliminate or impose suitable limitations on the power that administrative boards, agencies, local governments and other entities whom in effect create “criminal law”. I believe all mandatory sentencing for non-violent crimes should be reviewed to ensure fairness and justice in criminal law application. I believe youth and juvenile non-violent offenders and drug offenders require treatment, alternative programs and/or community service instead of prison. They also must be accountable to the courts.