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NC House of Representatives District 83

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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  • Larry G. Pittman
    (Rep)

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    Gail Young
    (Dem)

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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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My main reason for running is to end gerrymandering. When a party in power draws the district lines so that they retain power without competing, that is unfair and undemocratic. I think that is the most egregious form of voter suppression because most people do not realize how drawing districts impacts them. I want to see a system that takes the control of drawing districts out of the control of partisan politics.
Because of the pandemic, I think education will undergo a major reevaluation and I see this as a huge opportunity to design systems that are student focused and equitable across the state. I would like to get educational consultants and teachers involved in redefining how education is provided and to capitalize on technology. Broad band access is critical and the state needs to invest in the infrastructure to support it. It is going to be challenging to fully fund education given the demands created by the pandemic, but it is a good time to start and to create a strategic plan to make North Carolina a leader in education.
I think our corporate citizens should pay their fair share for the services within the state. I also think we need to review the tax structure to ensure it is equitable and the funding for our services are not an undue hardship for working families. I think most people perceive tax subsidies as money lost and we should view it as revenue gained - because companies are still adding to the tax base and bringing in jobs for our citizens. And, while tax subsidies are a helpful tool, the more important factors for companies are a skilled workforce, cutting edge technology, and adequate infrastructure.
I think it needs to be studied and any changes should be made on data, not emotion. I would like to see our law enforcement officers able to focus on issues that require a law enforcement approach. At the community level, we need to have discussions about the best systems to handle issues that are non-violent.