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NC House of Representatives District 105

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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    Amy Bynum
    (Rep)

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    Wesley Harris
    (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?

Contact Phone (704) 601-6264
email address amy@voteamybynum.com
Position/philosophy statement Engineering a Safer, Stronger North Carolina
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Age (optional) 34
Contact Phone (704) 437-2618
email address wesley@harrisfornc.com
Twitter @WesleyHarrisNC
Position/philosophy statement I believe in a state government that is committed to investing in quality education, smart infrastructure, and affordable healthcare for everyone.
The most important priority if I am re-elected will be making sure that our state is investing in the long-run drivers of growth and prosperity we have been neglecting in the past 10 years. If we want to solve the lack of economic upward mobility in our communities, it is vital that we invest in the necessary educational, transportation, and healthcare infrastructure in our communities. The zip code of a child's birth should not impact their opportunities in life, but unfortunately in North Carolina, it does. We can begin to address these issues that making sure every neighborhood has a quality school, transportation infrastructure to connect them to the economic opportunities of the regions, and access to quality and affordable healthcare to keep our communities healthy. If we have the foresight to invest in these real long-term economic drivers, we can finally begin to build a community that leaves no one behind and is primed for sustainable growth and prosperity.
Fully funding our public education system is the most critical thing that our state government can do. Every dollar that we invest in education will save us countless dollars in the future dealing with issues that are created by a poorly funded education system. The first step we must take is issuing a state wide school bond to begin to close the $8 BILLION gap in capital needs our schools are currently facing. By issuing a bond, we can free up our general fund money to make sure we are paying teachers what they deserve. While our budgets will be tight next year, we need to do whatever we can to make sure that we won't have to make any cuts to our education system. The combination of a statewide school bond, dipping into our rainy day fund, and hopefully additional aid from the Federal Government should insure that we are able to continue to invest in our public education system.
I am the only PhD Economist in the entire State Legislature, and with my specialization in public finance, the tax code is always on the top of my mind. In the past 10 years, our tax code has become increasingly regressive, by trading corporate and high-income tax cuts with new sales and use taxes, the poorest 20% of our state now pay the highest percentage of their income in state taxes. Not only does this create a fairness issue, but it increases the volatility of our tax revenues, making it difficult to make long term financing plans in our state. We need a tax code that ensure's that everyone pays their fair share, while also making sure we remain competitive with other states. This term, I filed a bill to reinstate the Earned-Income Tax Credit in North Carolina as a way to both increase labor force participation and put more money in the hands of our working poor. Additionally, we need to focus on a tax code that allows us to invest in the real long-run drivers of economic growth, like education and transportation infrastructure. At the end of the day, and investment in the people of North Carolina will always pay greater dividends than any corporate tax cut ever could.
I do not. More than anything, the biggest determinant of crime and violence is economic opportunity. Changing laws and increasing criminal punishments will only place more people in jail, further overloading our already overloaded judicial system, while doing absolutely nothing to address the root cause of the violence and crime. If we want to get serious about improving the safety of our neighborhoods, we need to focus on investing in these areas so that there is ample economic opportunity available in all parts of our state. We are going to spend the money regardless, and it is always better to spend the money in a more efficient manner by preventing the root causes of violence and crime than simply responding to it after it has already happened.