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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We must strengthen our public schools for all children, correct social injustices, ensure a living wage, and build sustainable communities.
Over the last 10 years, North Carolina's tax system has become increasingly regressive, placing a larger and larger burden on those who can least afford it. While doing so, we have failed tor raise sufficient revenue to adequately fund our vital services that are the real economic drivers of our state. I support progressive tax reform that eases the burden off our poorest citizens, and crafting a tax code that gives us the resources to invest in infrastructure throughout the state to not only give us the tools we need to continue to thrive, but help close the urban-rural divide and provide equitable access to economic opportunities. This reform certainly should entail restoration of the earned-income tax credit and it should incentivize and reward private investment in our communities in ways that have the biggest impact on the greatest needs of all of our citizens.
Yes. We need to invest in our criminal justice system on two fronts. First, we must ensure that our communities are empowered to deal with gun violence through sensible gun registration and background check laws (e.g., Red Flag laws, purchase permits for assault weapons, bans on high-capacity magazines, etc.). In addition, we must ensure that those who do run afoul of the law, especially juveniles, are able to return to society after they have served their sentence with the opportunity to succeed as productive members of their communities without undue discrimination (i.e., the Second Chance Act, Ban the Box initiatives, etc.). I support the passage of the Second Chance Act for North Carolina.
I am a compassionate conservative who seeks equal justice for everyone within my community and across North Carolina.
If I am elected, my number-one priority will be ensuring jobs and economic opportunity for members of my community. To this end, I would pursue a compromise between Republicans and Democrats along these lines: Republicans would agree to expand the social-safety net, hold a referendum on Medicaid expansion, and strengthen public education. These policies would ensure that no one falls through the cracks. In return, Democrats should help reduce North Carolina's regulatory load (which is 22,500 regulations strong) and reduce corporate taxation. The latter two policies would stimulate investment, job creation, and, ultimately, economic growth.
I am a substitute teacher and my wife is a public-school educator, so the issue of education is close to my heart.
North Carolina is currently 29th in the country for teacher pay, which hardly inspires educators to make North Carolina home. The General Assembly should aim for 25th place -- i.e., the middle of the pack -- by January 2023. We can accomplish this goal by reinstating master's pay, which would encourage educators to become experts in the topics that they are teaching, and expanding seniority pay.
I seek economic development and job creation, so I naturally support a reduction in corporate taxation and an expansion in tax credits for companies considering operating in North Carolina.
However, the effect of taxation is not limited to business and development. In my own community, many people who have lived in their homes for a long period of time are being "priced out" because they can no longer afford their property taxes amid rising home valuations. If I am elected, I would support a property-tax freeze for the economically vulnerable.
Because of widely-publicized incidents of police brutality, police are scaling back their operations. Sadly, this leads to unacceptable violence and bloodshed. We should address the issue of police brutality by curtailing qualified immunity and requiring that police officers purchase malpractice insurance. These policies would discourage bad conduct and elevate good police officers, who are the wide majority. The rank and file would no longer have to worry about being held accountable for the actions of the malignant few and they would feel empowered to protect and defend their communities.
In the long term, it is important that we consider the root causes for violence: poverty and desperation. These factors can be addressed by strengthening the social-safety net and improving public education, which would ensure equality of opportunity for all North Carolinians.