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NC State Senate District 16

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.

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    Will Marsh

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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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Position/philosophy statement Our campaign is focused on lowering the government intervention in our constituents lives. We believe in the freedom of citizens and their rights.
The most important priority for this campaign is to ensure that our constituents are left better off than they were before I was elected. This means making certain that their rights are not violated by a government body, ensuring their right to individual freedom, and freeing them from governmental red tape. We have seen time and time again how difficult government makes it to complete the simplest tasks. This needs to end, and we need to make sure we are putting the people first in all of our decisions.
Education funding is something that will always be argued about by both sides. I personally believe that our schools are underfunded and our teachers are overworked. We have to allocate more of the budget to education to take care of our teachers and our students. The students across this state are the future of North Carolina, and they deserve the best education we can possibly give them. The amazing teachers of North Carolina are the ones that are making this future possible. In turn, they should not be overworked and underpaid. We need to increase teacher pay and ensure that all of their needs are met inside and outside the classroom.
I believe that tax policies which encourage businesses to move to and flourish within North Carolina are always useful and beneficial. We have to make sure that these tax policies do not turn into the government having too much pull and power within the private sector, but enough to make North Carolina a booming economic hub. I believe that small businesses should be taxed less and allowed to keep more of their hard earned money. I believe the tax burden of this state should not be placed on the middle class, but on those making the most money. This is not a difficult concept, and we need to do what we can to protect the middle class of North Carolina.
I believe that a change in culture, mental health reform, and drug addiction treatment would significantly impact the violence issues we see in many communities. If we can get at-risk people the ability to get the help they need with anger issues, drugs, or mental health we can prevent the violence before it even occurs. Further, if we can set up our economy to employ these people and give them a future they can believe in, their tendency to commit violence would decrease. It is not as much of an issue of passing or changing laws, it is more about treating all people with decency and finding a way to assist them along their path to success.
Our first priority should be expanding Medicaid. This would make health care more affordable for millions of Americans. Republicans in the NC General Assembly have repeatedly blocked Medicaid Expansion, leaving up to 500,000 North Carolinians without affordable health care. Our tax dollars sent to Washington are already paying for expanded Medicaid coverage in other states. We must expand Medicaid for the working poor and seniors in North Carolina, as well. This would bring up to 5,000 good high paying jobs in Wake County. In addition, with 500,000 more NC citizens being insured, there would be reductions of up to 10% in health care premiums for everyone else in North Carolina.
Public education has always been our country’s greatest equalizer, educating and lifting all. North Carolina, once a leader in public school education, has failed our students, parents, and educators in recent years. North Carolinians deserve better. In the State Senate, I fight every day to fully fund public education, raise teacher salaries to above the national average, and reduce class sizes and the amount of classroom time spent on standardized testing.
In the State Senate, I have fought to make the economy fair and inclusive by cutting taxes for working and middle-class families. We can accomplish this by making wealthy and big corporations pay their fair share of taxes, raising the minimum wage to a $15 living wage, and making sure women receive equal pay for equal work.
The current prison bail systems criminalize poverty and create a loop of despair. Those who cannot pay bail, which includes many low-income and minority groups, often face consequences such as job loss or serving unnecessary jail time for minor crimes. This issue affects all of us, not only those who are being charged excessive bails for minor crimes. About $14 billion taxpayer dollars are wasted each year to keep the mostly nonviolent population awaiting trial in prison.