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NC House of Representatives District 36

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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    Kim Coley

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    Julie von Haefen

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What do you see as your most important priority if you are elected? [Youtube video for this question or text or both].

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?

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?

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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Age (optional) 49
Contact Phone (919) 291-0060
Twitter @Coley4USA
Position/philosophy statement Responsible Conservative Leadership
Education The government should offer the best assistance and resources to parents, providing a safe and well-staffed comprehensive place to learn. According to Article 9 of the NC Constitution, the government is obligated through taxpayer monies to provide public education. Also, article 9, section 3, states an alternative instructional option is permissible. I will advocate for families to have a choice in their education. Economy Burdensome regulations hinder economic growth. Where regulations are needed, protecting the people’s health and safety, regulations need to be tailored addressing those needs alone. By supporting small business owners, who often bring fresh new ideas to the area, encourages free-market and capitalism. The burdens placed on small businesses by unnecessary licensing, restricts expansion and the economic benefits to a thriving society. By obtaining economic assessments for our area through qualified economists, not commercial development consulting firms, balance can be brought to NC incentives, attracting outside investors and corporations, while insuring North Carolinians's small businesses have the same opportunity, providing job growth and success for all of North Carolina workforce. Pro-Life Readdressing the Born-Alive Abortion Act vetoed by my opponent, and by working with my life-valuing colleagues, I will protect our most vulnerable North Carolinians, the unborn." remain silent and indifferent is the greatest sin of all." Elie Wiesel
I believe both the public and private educational systems have a place in our society. Parents are the best in choosing the right educational system or combination that best suits the needs of their family. I would have voted for HB966/SB226, which would have increased educational spending as the GA has done since 2010. Funding by the GA for education, between 2011-2018 collectively is $9.2 billion.The bill offered 5% raise over 2yrs. to state employees,4% raise to university and college workers, 3.9% to teachers and 2% to non-certified employees. The Governor and my opponent staid it wasn't enough, but what they got was nothing. I am grateful and thankful for those who helped my children succeed. Once elected, I will fight to ensure those monies are reallocated to the men and women on the front lines of our educational system. Thank you for your service to our children.
North Carolina has a lot to offer and my own opinion has recently changed regarding incentives. With four boardering states offering subsidies and incentives, hoping to attract companies and jobs into their state, I do not want citizens of North Carolinians to miss the opportunity of living in a competitive market. As a conservative, I always think taxes should be lower. NCGA has lowered taxes. The GA lowered Income tax, corporate tax, and franchise tax. Though I believe taxes are needed like oil in an engine, keeping things running smoothly, as a consumer I believe I know how to better invest than the government does.
Written law and the interpretation of the laws of one man will never govern the heart of another individual. The root of violence in some of our neighborhoods and communities is the lack of personal value, respect, and the sense of being non-essential many in that community are bombarded with on a daily bases. When a person has a sense their life matters and that they are a contributing factor to the betterment of their society, there is a natural worth attached to that feeling value and purpose. I believe leadership, especially local leaders and those in an authority positions have the unique opportunity to demonstrate, even initiate the valuing of others. Most conversations are one way. To accomplish change, communication where ideas are shared and listening is required, is the only way to effectively change anything. At no time is there an excuse for the behavior of the destructiveness the recent riots have brought to the doorstep of our capital. Lawlessness is a form of terrorism. I will not tolerate bullying of any nature.
Age (optional) 49
Contact Phone (252) 316-6913
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Twitter @juliefornc
The General Assembly needs to restore respect and dignity to the teaching profession in North Carolina. In the past several years, North Carolina has lost teachers because our public school spending cannot compete with that of the private sector. There is a massive divide in education opportunities between counties that can afford to provide large funding supplements to their local school systems and counties that cannot afford to do so. However, the recent court order in the Leandro case has obligated the state to fulfill its constitutional obligation to fully fund public education and to provide a sound basic education for every child in North Carolina. The General Assembly must immediately pass legislation to reevaluate our current funding model, increase public school funding and level the playing field between public school systems across our state.

I also know that education doesn't exist in a vacuum, and much of our students' education outcomes are affected by the health of their families. North Carolina needs to bring our federal tax dollars back home and expand Medicaid. Expanding Medicaid would save lives by providing access to preventative healthcare to families across North Carolina.
I believe lawmakers must use the Leandro case and the WestEd report as benchmarks when crafting legislation to fix our public education funding system. This means that we not only need to increase educator pay but that we also need to provide teachers with competitive benefits packages and professional development opportunities to ensure that they can flourish in their careers. To do this, we need to immediately reinstate retiree medical benefits and advanced degree pay for teachers. We also need to end the harmful A-F school grade system, which does not adequately measure a school's growth and achievement. Finally, we must issue a study to reevaluate our funding system so that we can develop a plan to raise teacher salaries significantly over the next several years in line with recommendations from the Leandro decision.
North Carolina needs to reinstate the Earned-Income Tax Credit. The EITC provides economic relief to low-income families that need our support the most and it has a proven track record of helping lift struggling families out of poverty.

I also have a keen interest in reimagining the structure of our transportation funding system as we work to mitigate the effects of climate change. As vehicles become more fuel efficient, revenue from our gas tax is decreasing. Some members of the General Assembly have favored increasing registration fees on elective vehicles over studying alternatives to the gas tax, but I disagree with the idea that electric vehicle owners should shoulder higher upfront costs than vehicle non-electric vehicle owners. All vehicles are being built with greater fuel efficiency, regardless of whether they are electric or not. Reduced revenues from the gas tax will not go away, and we must prepare our transportation system's funding model for the day when the gas tax becomes obsolete.
Yes. I support common sense gun regulations that require safe storage of weapons and that keep firearms out of the hands of individuals convicted of abuse, assault, domestic violence, and stalking. We must close the "gun-show loophole" and require background checks for all firearm purchases, and we must prevent people from buying or owning guns after they are convicted of violent misdemeanor crimes. This includes passing legislation closing the “boyfriend loophole” to bar gun possession by intimate partners convicted of domestic violence. I also strongly believe that Extreme Risk Protection Orders (ERPOs) can save lives. When a person is in crisis, loved ones and law enforcement are often the first to see when a person is showing warning signs of being a danger to themselves or others. ERPOs allow loved ones to ask a judge to temporarily remove guns from dangerous situations.