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.
We have to rebuild this North Carolina economy that has been destroyed by the Governor's draconian measures. So many people have lost jobs and businesses and not only have North Carolinians suffered serious economic setbacks, mental health in our state continues to deteriorate and domestic issues continue to rise and it’s all related to the shutdowns and stay at home orders. My heart hurts for those losing their ability to provide for their families and it breaks for those struggling with increased mental health problems or even domestic issues during this time. I will work tirelessly until we rebuild every business and restore every job that has been lost. We can reopen and rebuild and do so in a safe manner. We must return to normal.
If we reopened the state we wouldn’t have a problem funding the schools. I believe that we should continue to fund our schools, and thankfully North Carolina has a rainy day fund for times like this, but that fund will not last forever. We have got to get people back to work and we must get our schools open as well.
I support low taxes and the idea that you don’t need to raise taxes to generate revenue, you just need to create more tax payers. I believe that you should keep more of your hard earned money. I would support lowering income taxes, sales taxes, and I would be okay with a earned income credit for North Carolina or changing the standard deduction to benefit low and middle income North Carolinians.
The riots and violence are unacceptable, and those responsible need to be held accountable . I firmly believe in the right to peacefully assemble and protest, as it’s a founding principle of our wonderful Country, but I will not stand for those who riot and loot and destroy property. There is no excusable reason to behave this way. It’s already illegal to commit arson, it’s already illegal to riot and destroy property etc. The problem isn't the laws we already have, The problem lies with elected leaders of Cities and even States who let these people run wild as they have done in Seattle, Portland, New York, Chicago, etc. I will work to strengthen laws to combat these violent rioters and I will hold cities accountable if they let it get out of hand. To the voters in the 39th district: If you are on the fence this year and are considering voting for a Democratic candidate, I want you to look at these Democratic controlled cities that have been absolutely overran with crime and violent mobs. Do you really want that in your communities? Do you want your business burned to the ground? Do you want to be physically attacked because you might not agree fully with those who are rioting? Notice you hardly (if ever) hear a Democratic candidate/ elected official both condemn the violence AND vow to end it. If elected I will protect your communities and businesses and bring peace and order.
Response to the COVID-19 pandemic has clearly demonstrated the challenges, disparities, and access to affordable healthcare in North Carolina. With no added expense to tax dollars, we have an opportunity to realize a quick win in bridging the gap to healthcare access by way of prioritizing Medicaid expansion. Dually packaged with a proposal of paid sick & family leave, this could be a quality of life equalizer for many North Carolinians.
Our budgets should be a tangible output of our most important investments and priorities as a state and community. Of greatest immediate support, the legislature should continue to provide PPE to K-12 schools, teachers, and students and the urgency to increase teacher pay remains vital. With many of our children learning remotely, the legislature must also invest in expanded broadband capabilities and provide technology, (Chromebooks, iPads, online learning resources, etc.), to students and teachers. Sustained funding for online and in-person classroom supplies remains a necessity as well. This much is clear: Federal relief that fiscally cascades to the state level is integral to address state revenue shortfalls while the nation continues to respond to the pandemic. If responsible and timely relief is provided, I am confident the funds will be allocated efficiently to undertake the above.
Federal earned income tax credits have proven to be the largest poverty alleviation program in the country. We do not have such a credit in NC, so there is value in implementing a similar program at the state level. Given expected revenue shortfalls at the state level, we will have to thoroughly reexamine our tax structure to identify ways to continue to fund the needs of the community.
A safe community is essential for the state to thrive, as violence in the community impacts all facets of our social and economic constructs. While there may be opportunities to change laws that would improve safety in our communities, I also feel strongly that there are equal opportunities to identify, address and eradicate the root-causes that may precede the violence. Informed by the root-cause(s), I would work to redesign the systems and laws that effectively and equally works for all people.