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NC House of Representatives District 117

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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  • Tim Moffitt
    (Rep)

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    Josh Remillard
    (Dem)

Biographical Information

What do you see as your most important priority if you are elected?

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?

Recently the legislature changed both the NC and US legislative districts. What are your views about drawing maps in 2021 when this will again need to occur?

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Age (optional) 37
Contact Phone (208) 995-6052
email address jremillard117@gmail.com
Twitter @Remillard117
Position/philosophy statement People are good; deserving of respect and listened to. My purpose is to elevate and create conditions for meaningful lives. I will build communities.
The most important priority is building a strong community. This is what ties my platform of Education, Healthcare, and the Environment together. Strength in community fundamentally begins by acknowledging that people are good; that no matter our political identity, we all deserve respect and to be listened to. A strong community is built through trust, and trust is earned through listening and engaging in our community. This is exactly what I intend to do. In addition to this, Education is the spear head of my platform. Ensuring that our schools are properly funded, our students have the necessary resources to learn, and that our teachers’ pay reflects their vital role in our society are paramount. We fail ourselves and we fail our children if we do not appropriately prepare them for life after school
Teacher pay in North Carolina is of poor quality. Where we spend our money says a lot about our priorities. It is reasonable to assume that teachers play a vital role in the development of our children and in preparing them for the future while securing ours. We must refocus our priorities; I firmly believe that we are obligated to pay them their due respect. That’s why the priority for me is to increase teacher pay by 10 percent of their current pay, 5 percent the first year, with another 5 percent the year after that. Doing so through Gov. Cooper’s proposed school bond places our teacher’s pay just below the national average, creating manageable increases over time to and beyond the national average. When I vote to expand Medicaid, it will create first, second, and tertiary jobs, increasing the tax paying population. Additionally, if we repeal corporate tax cuts, putting the onus on corporations to contribute their fair share to molding their future employees, it will allow money to be spent on increasing teacher pay as well as schools and infrastructure.

Currently, I do not believe that we have an economy that works for all North Carolinians. In 2014, North Carolina became the only state in 30 years to eliminate the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). “A benefit, according to the IRS, for working people who have low to moderate income.” It is apparent to me that the elimination of the EITC mirrors the belief that such a program disincentivizes workers to increase earnings. Instead, reinstating the Earned Income Tax Credit would aid in reducing poverty for working North Carolinian families. It is my mission, as I believe that it should be for all legislative leaders, to improve the lives of their communities. We have approximately 900,000 North Carolinians who are working for low wages and could benefit from the EITC. I will work with my counterparts to reinstate an economy that works for all.
Voting is a fundamental right. Voting allows us to forge our future. I feel especially passionate about this subject because I raised my hand and swore an oath to defend our freedoms when I enlisted in the army. We are currently experiencing the result of a Republican gerrymander, but Democrats have done the same thing in the past. Republican leadership was ordered numerous times to redraw the maps because the courts found, each time, the previous drawing to be gerrymandered. Ordering the guilty party to redraw the maps is a waste of time and resources. Drawing our future maps should be in the hands of an independent organization with the oversight of members of the General Assembly.