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NC House of Representatives District 112

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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    Ed Hallyburton
    (Dem)

  • David Rogers
    (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. Health care access and cost issues continue to be on the top of many voters’ concerns. 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. Recently the legislature changed both the NC and US legislative districts. What are your views about drawing maps in 2021 when this will again need to occur?

Age (optional) 50
Mailing Address PO BOX 112
ICARD, NC 28666
Contact Phone (828) 430-0440
Position/philosophy statement I am dedicated to developing cooperation and cohesiveness for the District 112 communities. I want to explore the issues families are facing.
The economy is only working for some. – Wealthy, special interest, and those at the top. The General Assembly has supported tax breaks that have rigged our economy against the middle class since 2013. Now that legislation is hurting families through harmful unemployment requirements and a broken, underfunded unemployment system that is barely functioning. It was the General Assembly that put corporate tax cuts before our small business owners, public schools, and teachers. It was the General Assembly that denied retired state employees their 5% cost of living increase and cost teachers their raise. The General Assembly’s failure to pass a budget will stifle recovery for years. My central concern is over the long-term health and financial well-being of our region. Businesses are fighting to stay open. Wages have been stagnant for decades in our communities and families struggle to make ends meet. I will work toward legislation that will support our local communities, not just Raleigh.
It is time we tackle the rising cost of health care and expand Medicaid, doing so will help 750,000 people access health care and create thousands of jobs. In this time of crisis, this lack of funding has the potential to cripple our healthcare system and continues to put the health and lives of our frontline workers at risk. Our state treasurers "Clear Pricing" for state employees offers potential savings and stability to the state plan. We cannot allow our rural communities to lose access to local and affordable care. Those that oppose such measures have little concern for the health of our communities and advocate for the privatization and departure from Medicare for our seniors. I will fight for the most vulnerable, our children, and our seniors.
From my work in economic development, I have seen subsidies as a double edge sword. Seldom do companies that are lured to our rural counties with such measures meet all the requirements set forth for such expenditures. With the state and local municipalities facing revenue shortfalls not seen in the last hundred years, I question their use as an effective tool in economic growth. We should work with our small business owners to reduce the financial burden the state has saddled them with from reporting and licensing to their overall tax burden. Many cities in my district are faced with increasing the tax burden to their citizen to balance their budget and continue providing existing services. The taxpayer is not an open checkbook, we must work with what we have and support the businesses we have. The Earned Income Tax Credit would be an ethical way to help working families keep more of what they make. I support efforts that will improve the health and educational outcomes of the children and families of my district. My opponent's approach to taxation has demanded more of low- and middle-income taxpayers and less from the wealthy and large corporations. North Carolina has fewer dollars available as our population grows. We have seen an inability to adapt to a failing economy and a poor response to natural disasters. Tax cuts for the wealthy and an increased burden for the middle class are not the tools we need to build an economy where everyone can benefit
The US Supreme Court found that unconstitutional racial gerrymandering had indeed occurred in our last election. Wake County Superior Court Judge G. Bryan Collins went as far as to say that the state had an “Illegally constituted General Assembly. University of North Carolina political scientist Andrew Reynolds wrote "our state government can no longer be classified as a full democracy," because of "the abuse of legislative power." Districts need to be redrawn by an independent body that has one objective “fairness for all.” This should occur with the next General Assembly at the earliest opportunity. Maps should be updated as population shifts occur using standards that are transparent and fair to every citizen. It is time North Carolina politics moved into the 21st century and left the days of Jim Crow for good!
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