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NC House of Representatives District 84

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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    Gayle Wesley Harris
    (Dem)

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    Jeffrey C. McNeely
    (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?

Age (optional) 69
Contact Phone (704) 437-2793
Twitter @GayleHarrisNC
Position/philosophy statement My 40 year career in Banking and Finance all over western North Carolina makes me exceptionally prepared to serve in the State Legislature.
My key priorities in Raleigh will be to fight for a statewide bond that would have incredible benefits, especially the more rural counties. Additionally, we must take a look at our tax code. Over the past 10 years, the corporate taxes have been slashed, sales and use taxes have risen, placing an ever-greater burden on the bottom 50% of income earners in our state, namely people in Rural North Carolina. We need real tax reform that will ease the tax burden from our rural areas and ensure our districts get the investments needed to prosper. . I know what business leaders need, how to grow the economy, and where and how our state government can help. I am running for NC House because I want to restore North Carolina's public education system to what it once was, and bring investments to rural North Carolina so we can begin to close the urban-rural divide that has widened in recent years.
As illustrated in my important priorities, Educational policy and funding are on the top of the list. We were at one time the Gold Standard when it came to Education. Other states admired what we had done and many had mirrored our efforts. In recent years we have derailed those efforts in lieu of tax breaks. We must upright that train and bring Educational Funding to the forefront. Invest in Rural Broadband so we can increase economic development opportunities across the state. Much of the economic growth in NC has come from industries moving here because of our educational foundation and the educated and trained workforce we had. Now we have exhausted that pool and the result is talent is having to be imported from other states. That being said, we must fear that the decline of our previous workforce will cause companies to go to other states.
Public education, economic development, healthcare, and ensuring that we have a tax code that does not place the largest burden on our poorest citizens. We need an overhaul of our taxing and spending structure. Now we are on a reduce corporate taxes and pay as you go strategy. We are not taking advantage of the low rate environment. We need to take advantage of that and look ahead with needed capital improvement projects which will prepare us for and needed in the future. Expanding Medicaid and EITC are two main items that need to be addressed. NC has one of the higher rates of workers earning poverty wages. Both of these needed programs would improve the health of North Carolinians, strengthen local families and boost the economy, by putting extra money in their pockets providing a Bottom-Up tax cut. Expanding Medicaid alone would lower healthcare costs across the state and provide more the 500,000 North Carolinians with access to healthcare. As far as subsidies to attract companies, I am in favor of, but with stringent penalties if they fail to live up to their promises and expectations.
This is a question I wish I could answer! There is entirely too much hatred, violence and racial tensions, not only in NC, but World Wide. I am sure there are definitely changes in the laws that would help, and look forward to being involved in those discussions in the legislature. I do know that improving our Educational Opportunities, Economy, Affordable Housing, and a fair and equitable tax code will definitely assist and hopefully aid in solving this problem along with many more.
Age (optional) 56
Contact Phone (704) 872-7494
email address mcneely6464@gmail.com
Position/philosophy statement Christian, Conservative, and Common Sense. Proudly serving North Carolina’s 84th district In Iredell County.
Protecting our freedoms granted to us by our federal and state constitutions. Spending your tax dollars wisely, and moving North Carolina forward as the best state to live and work in the Country.
With a pandemic happening country wide, I think we must concentrate on the basics of education. School safety is paramount from many different angles. We will be trying new methods, and parents must be patient with their local systems. As a current Representative, we will have to proceed with caution on how and why we spent the taxpayers’ money.
Since 2010, when Republicans took over the General Assembly, the tax rate has been lowered regularly. Through wise spending and cost saving cuts, North Carolina now enjoys one of the best State economies ever in the entire country. Businesses and people are moving here everyday, because of our friendly business environment. Voting to keep me in the House will only strengthen this favorable environment and help keep more of your money in your own pockets. We were prepared for this economic downturn, and that’s the kind of leadership North Carolina needs to keep.
We don’t need more new laws, we need to allow public safety to enforce the ones that we already have. We need Leaders who demand accountability and support the Rule of Law and Order. Trust me, I will be that Leader. Peaceful protest are granted in our constitution, but there is no place for riots and looting. This has to stop. It starts at the Governor’s office and trickles down. I will not defund public safety.