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.
Putting an end to gerrymandering remains my top priority. Gerrymandering breeds partisanship. All of the problems we are currently facing as North Carolinians -- underfunded public schools, climate change, racial injustice, lack of access to affordable health care -- have all been exacerbated by gerrymandering.
I am committed to putting an end to the practice of partisan drawn maps. Next year, the state legislature will vote on new maps and I pledge to support the creation of an independent, nonpartisan redistricting process for congressional and legislative districts.
We have let down the children of this state by not investing enough in education. In 1997, our Supreme Court ruled that North Carolina has a constitutional obligation to ensure all children have access to a sound basic education. An entire generation has passed and we have yet to meet that obligation. I stand behind the recommendations made in the Leandro Report, including revising the state funding model, reallocating resources to students in need, and ensuring schools are matched with well-qualified and diverse teaching staff.
Over the past decade, legislative Republicans have given massive tax giveaways to out-of-state corporations, shifting much of the state’s tax burden on working families. We need a tax policy that works for everyone, not just corporations and millionaires.
While I am not clear as to what this question is hoping to address specifically, I will acknowledge there is always an opportunity for improvement of our laws, as well as a need to ensure these laws are applied equally to all of our citizenry.
Individual sovereignty, limited government and lower taxation are my core philosophic beliefs. You own yourself and the fruits of your labor.
While many things have caused hardships for people during this pandemic one of the positives that has come out of it is the relaxation of many laws and orders that never made much sense in the first place. We need to ensure that these laws do not come back into force and continue to focus on those rules and regulations that never made sense. Occupational licensing is holding people back from making a living or taking a new position. Regulations are not allowing people to rent out space for people or businesses that could use it. We need to continue to encourage people to help other people and not wait on government to tell them what to do.
This year in education will be the most unique in recent memory. Our lack of adequate funding and investment in technology has come back to haunt our public schools, and the rigidity of an education system driven by a few individuals in Raleigh has shown the ineffectiveness of such a system when the current crisis came upon us. We need to encourage and promote our alternative school options such as virtual and charter schools that have become more important than ever. For our public schools we need to re-establish local control and guidelines. The conditions in the rural parts of our state are much different than the urban, and we should not have a centralized system dictating what the guidelines are for conducting school during this pandemic.
Tax policies in North Carolina are convoluted, overbearing, and favor those that have the ability to manipulate the system versus being fair to all the citizens of North Carolina.
Subsidies should never be given to business coming to North Carolina. Companies rarely fulfill their requirements for the funding and the entire system is a legal bribe to get corporations to come here and always cost more than they provide. Our people and resources should be the focus of attracting business to North Carolina, as well as fair and equal laws that do not impinge or discriminate against any group.
We balance the needs of rural and urban areas by making government and the revenue come locally and stay locally. Raleigh should not be paying for New Bern nor should New Bern be paying for Raleigh.
The biggest support we can give to our families is continuing to reduce the tax rate and burden and have families keep more of their hard earned income. Most family support programs are thinly veiled welfare and create a system that they can never get out of.
Many things that should not be considered crimes are labeled as crimes. Worse yet, many of these actions are punished more harshly than are violent crimes.The label of “crime” should be limited to actions of force or fraud against another individual or group. Such crimes should be prosecuted and punished by our justice system but that actions that don’t involve force or fraud should not be criminalized or penalized in the first place.
Ending the racist War on Drugs is an essential part of any plan to improve our justice system. Millions of people, disproportionately people of color, are arrested, jailed, and given a criminal record because they voluntarily chose to consume something. Not only is it immoral for the government to decide what is and is not acceptable for people to consume, criminalizing drugs does nothing to reduce the scourge of drug addiction and abuse. The War on Drugs hurts the people we should be trying to help and diverts criminal justice resources away from prosecuting actual crimes committed against people and property. Our current justice system has many punishments that far outweigh the crimes committed. We believe that punishments should be proportional to the crime committed and should be fair and humane. Our justice system currently sets up former inmates for failure. I want to see crimes that are truly crimes prosecuted and punished. The rights of every person matter and we must not turn a blind eye to the rights of the accused or the convicted.
I am a common sense Christian Conservative. Less government means more liberty and freedom. I'm for lower taxes, school choice, and I'm pro-police.
We are watching the left go so far left that it has become alarming. I am running because I do not want to go where this very left flavor of the Democrat party wants to take us. We have to get back to common sense - Capitalism over Socialism; Public Safety over anarchy; more, not less, choice in education for our children.
I am a strong advocate for parents being the primary decision-maker on their childrens' education. That may mean that the child goes to a public school; but it shouldn't mean that's their only option. It may also mean charter school, home school, or micro school. We need to find a way for the funding for a child to follow that child. Families being able to decide where their child attends school will benefit all parents and children, but would be a particular benefit to parents and children assigned to low-performing public schools. All parents want the best for their children. Education decisions are key and need to be made by the parents and children, not dictated by government.
My view generally regarding taxes is that they should be lower because, generally, I believe that government should be smaller and less intrusive. I'm not a fan of giving huge tax incentives to entice corporations to move to North Carolina. I believe that we can be an attractive destination by simply having lower tax rates across the board and because we're the best state in the country!
We need to empower and support the police instead of making them the scapegoat. We need to understand that without law and order we will be living in anarchy. You don't have to look far to see what happens when police forces are made to stand down. Cities become war zones. Yes, there are bad police officers. Let's deal with the very small percentage that are bad and not paint the entire profession as bad. Peaceful protests are as American as apple pie and are thankfully protected in the first amendment. Violence is not protest. Rioting and looting, destroying and burning property - those are crimes and they need to have consequences. None of us want this lawlessness brought to our cities, our neighborhoods, or to our doors. We don't have to change the laws; we simply need to enforce them.