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NC House of Representatives District 72

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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    Amber M. Baker
    (Dem)

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    Dan Lawlor
    (Rep)

Biographical Information

Identify the most serious issue you see facing the community you will represent.

How will you address this issue once you are in office?

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 NC State tax policies?

Age (optional) 55
Contact Phone (336) 448-4108
Twitter @Amber_M_Baker
Position/philosophy statement I’ve spent my entire professional life in service to the community. I will continue to fight for the under-represented in Raleigh.
The most serious issues facing the community that I will represent is under-funding of public education, lack of quality low income and affordable housing, as well as limited access to workforce and economic development. The state has continued to decrease funding, increase class size and failed to implement cost of living raises. In my role as a Principal in a highly impacted area in the community, I have seen first hand how the working poor as lack of access to low income housing. In a city that has a growing number of students and senior citizens, it is equally important to create affordable housing.These three issues are also interrelated when building a stronger economy as well as recruiting businesses to both the city and the state.
It is important to have the ability to negotiate with individuals that may have varying viewpoints and beliefs. Currently, Governor Cooper has been hindered from passing legislation for increased funding for education due to increased benefits to businesses. If elected, in addition to working with the democrats, I would attempt to work with the Republicans to increase education spending but not at expense of giving more tax credits to businesses. Currently, there is approximately 49 million dollars in a housing fund to be accessed by over 100 counties. Working with the Winston Salem delegation, an attempt would be made to bring some of those funds for housing. The same strategy would be used to access the funds in the GoldenLEAF account.
Tax subsidies for businesses are necessary incentives for business growth; however, there needs to be a clause advising the business(es) that if they relocate before the agreed upon time, that all tax incentives must be repaid. Additionally, an attempt should be made to have agreed upon concessions that allows a certain percentage of jobs that has a pathway from entry level to management. As an individual that benefited from subsidized housing, child care vouchers, and earned-income tax credits, I know the importance of these benefits while being under employed. While those credits are important, they have to be paired with pathways to receiving training for higher paying jobs.
Age (optional) 63
Contact Phone (919) 637-6943
email address danlawlor4@gmail.com
Twitter @danlawlor72
Position/philosophy statement Compassion, accessibility, and transparency for all. We live in a world where emotions run high. These need to be tempered by logic and morality.
The key to our institutions we all cherish (Education, Health Care, Social programs, and Criminal Justice) is getting the economy back on the tracks again. We seem to have forgotten that all these important issues are fueled by the economy not by borrowing money from the government. The true debate should be on the balance between that of public health and getting people back to work. Energy and distractions of other issues prolongs the work needed to get done now. I am Running for the 72nd District (Winston- Salem).We have a great opportunity to take advantage in our strength as a community once we get through this terrible pandemic. The "aftermath" of this storm is to show the "sizzle"that North Carolina has over other states.
The main points include: 1. NC was one of the few states with "a rainy day fund", surplus going into this pandemic. We will be quicker to recover than others. 2. We have a competitive corporate tax rate (2.5%) 3. Outstanding infrastructures in our major cities for businesses looking for a new place to keep their respective employees safe and productive after the destruction of inner cities. Our city could be a great place. Winston Salem has five major colleges to fill a high skilled labor force, great hospitals, a proactive mind set with innovation quarter, and mentor program for new entrepreneurs moving in. Add to this a philanthropic community and the trust of our police department compared to other cities in the US, com, come to Winston
At this current state (2020-21)we need to hold the line of what we have in tax policy. Future debates will be fighting the thought of raising taxes even though it has never worked. I am in full step with many of the John Locke Foundation recommendations in tax reforms and policies. A few examples are 1.implement a "rules throttle" for legislative ratification of certain rules, that impose a significant cost on the state's private sector. 2. The need of reform efforts on eliminating savings from the tax base.3 Allowing taxpayers to deduct savings and investment from their taxable income. I am not a big supporter of governments creating winners and losers, Subsidies can be a slippery slope. The need of a win-win for both parties is the goal.