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NC State Senate District 25

The North Carolina State Senate is the upper body of the North Carolina Legislature and consists of 50 members who serve a term of two years. Each member represents an average of 190,710 residents, as of the 2010 Census. The Senate elects officers from their membership including the President Pro Tempore.The North Carolina General Assembly, of which the Senate is a part, is to convene a new regular session every two years. 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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    Helen Probst Mills

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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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Twitter @Helen4NCSenate
Position/philosophy statement I want to see the people of NC get the quality of state government they they deserve. I will seek bipartisan solutions to problems we all face.
We need to restore fairness in our tax code. One of the most significant changes in recent years in North Carolina was a reduction in our state's corporate tax rate from a rate of 6.9% in 2013 to our current rate of 2.5% which is the lowest in the nation. There are only 7 other states with corporate tax rates below 5%. If we were to raise the corporate tax rate in North Carolina to 5% we would be able to collect billions in needed revenue.

Powerful corporations should not be getting tax breaks while we are not fully funding public education. I support restoring the earned-income tax credit which would give working people a much-needed tax break.
There is a well-documented link between addiction and violence. Our state needs to take further steps to combat addiction including increased funding for treatment programs. If we treat addiction as a social problem and not a criminal justice issue it will encourage more addicts to seek treatment which will reduce violent incidents associated with addiction. Expanding Medicaid is also a key part of this since it will make treatment more affordable for many addicts which would make all of us safer.

One other issue to consider in thinking about the increase in violence is to consider those programs that are effective in preventing a young person from heading into a life of violence. There is a wealth of well documented research supporting the fact that children who attend pre-school are more successful in life and are less likely to end up in prison. It is much less expensive to provide pre-school education than it is to pay for welfare benefits or incarceration. Additionally, as was recently noted by the NC Department of Commerce, the cost of the school-to-prison pipeline for young people with disabilities not only traps them in a cycle that leads to adult incarceration but there is a knock on effect in not having enough employable individuals in our workforce. Every county should be working on implementing the School Justice Partnership, supported by Chief Justice Cheri Beasley, in order to break the school-to-prison pipeline and increase graduation rates.