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NC House of Representatives District 88

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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    Mary Belk
    (Dem)

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    David Tondreau
    (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. 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?

Contact Phone (704) 375-5920
email address mary@marybelk.com
Twitter @MaryBelkNC
Position/philosophy statement I'm working with voters building a new progressive majority to guide North Carolina through the public health and economic challenges we face.
I'm on record supporting the reinstatement of the NC Earned Income Tax Credit and opposing the recent cuts to the tax on corporate profits. Our tax system should be robust enough to provide for sound education funding and stop short- changing the other functions of the state like criminal justice and environmental protection.
I think the first thing we need to do is ask people in communities experiencing violence what they think are the best steps to improve the situation. Too often, people from outside think they can impose one-size-fits-all solutions that end up reducing trust and reinforcing the status quo. That said, we do need to implement policies that divert people with mental health and substance misuse issues away from our prison system and into healthcare and treatment programs.
Contact Phone (980) 224-0670
Position/philosophy statement I will work to protect our personal freedoms, give parents choices in their child's education, and increase access to affordable healthcare
Education, with educational choice and access to a quality education. I would like to see an increased partnership with high schools and the local community colleges and vocational training options
I will work to empower parents to choose the school their child will attend beyond the limits of their zip code I will advocate for our schools to provide both vocational and academic education with clear curriculums to help students find success in their chosen fields
Taxes should be kept lowered and I do not agree with giving companies tax subsides, If we focus on education and low taxes, companies will move to NC due to the worker pool and the low taxes. The is the hard part, balancing the needs of the rural and urban areas, The state should invest in programs the help our citizen improve themselves, educational programs and access to information is important. State and private partnerships can be helpful full to increase access to more rural areas
We need to reduce the violence in homes, school and the state. I do like the first step program introduce this year to help criminals once released form prisons. As a whole we need to help family's succeed. The family can help with reducing the violence along with a quality education , people will have choices. Helping at risk youths before the trouble starts and working with the families can help quell the violence.