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NC House of Representatives District 70

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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  • Pat B. Hurley
    (Rep)

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    Susan Lee (Susie) Scott
    (Dem)

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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?

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Although Randolph County has a buyer for its only local hospital, we are still in danger of it going bankrupt again in the future without support for Emergency Room costs. We also have a lot of people without health insurance caught in the middle of an epidemic, so healthcare is our most serious issue.
I will work with other members of the General Assembly to pass Medicaid Expansion in North Carolina. In a county like ours, it is the only way for hospitals to remain solvent. Currently, Randolph Health receives no payment when they treat patients who are unable to pay their medical bills. Over many years, this has driven our hospital into debt. Medicaid Expansion would extend affordable health insurance to working people who are struggling to make ends meet, and it would be a lifeline for our hospital. Our federal taxes already pay for it, but our current legislators refuse to let us benefit from it. I will work hard to improve access to affordable healthcare for Randolph County families and keep our only county hospital.
I support the implementation of an earned income tax credit for working families. These families need the support the most, and they in turn will support local small businesses such as restaurants and shops once their financial situation improves. I also believe that we should revisit some of the drastic tax cuts that have been passed for corporations and wealthy North Carolinians. Our franchise tax rate is among the lowest in the nation. We have also seen drastic cuts to unemployment insurance taxes and privilege taxes, but these have benefited stockholders at the expense of our rural counties and cities.