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NC House of Representatives District 116

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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  • Eric Burns
    (Rep)

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    Brian Turner
    (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?

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Age (optional) 46
Contact Phone (828) 808-8738
Twitter @BrianTurnerNC
Since 2011, corporations have been the main beneficiary of NC's tax policy and leadership in Raleigh has slashed the corporate tax rate while ignoring NC families, rural and urban, who are living on the edge. Trickle Down does not work, let me say it again, Trickle Down does not work and we need to take a break from this debunked economic theory and focus on policies that help people. Tools like the EITC have been shown to be one of the most effective tax policy tools we have, and it needs to be reestablished in NC after it was eliminated after Republicans took control in 2011. We know that when we fund the families in need, not only does it provide economic cover for their safety and well being, but it also tends to go straight back into our economy.
More laws or stronger penalties will only do so much to deter crime or prevent violence, and too many times justice is applied inconsistently. As a state we need to better understand and address the underlying conditions and root causes of violence and address them at the source. Systemic racism, food and housing insecurity, mental health, substance use disorder all contribute to the instability, danger, and fear too many face today. All of these social determinants of health need to be examined and addressed as a mechanism for violence prevention.