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NC House of Representatives District 104

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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    Brandon Lofton

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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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Twitter @LoftonforNC
Position/philosophy statement We are here to serve.
We need to change the culture in Raleigh and end this General Assembly's history of placing politics and ideology ahead of what's best for the people of our state. We underfunded our schools for a decade, refused to expand Medicaid, created one of least generous unemployment systems in the nation and shamelessly targeted African American voters "with surgical precision" for gerrymandering. These decisions hurt North Carolinians before the pandemic and they’re hurting us even more now. Last year, instead of negotiating differences in our state budget and finding a compromise regarding Medicaid expansion, the people controlling our legislature chose to pull a surprise vote with nearly half of the chamber absent. This stunt effectively denied half a million North Carolinians access to the healthcare coverage they need just months ahead of the outbreak of a global pandemic. We are facing serious challenges in our state. We will disagree on the best approach to addressing these challenges. However, we should always govern rooted in the recognition that we are here to serve.
Fully funding our public schools must be a top priority for our state. I am the product of North Carolina public schools and am fortunate that the North Carolina schools of my childhood were considered a national model. Other states sent delegations to learn how to replicate our success. The education I received in our public schools played a critical role in shaping my life. Now, I am the father of two public school students. They are coming of age in North Carolina public schools that haven't been adequately funded in a decade. The 287-page Leandro report details this failure. It found that we rank near the bottom of the country in per pupil spending and we have fewer teachers despite having more students. We are letting our children down and we are hurting the future of our state. I have cosponsored legislation to increase support for our schools. Additionally, as our districts respond to changing conditions on the ground due to COVID-19, we must grant them flexibility in how they allocate the funds they do have available. I filed H.B. 1139, with bipartisan support, to address this issue.
If our budget is our statement of priorities as a state, then our tax policy reveals whether we really mean it. We are one of the fastest growing states in the nation. We have significant needs with respect to education, healthcare, infrastructure and other priorities. As detailed in the Leandro report, our public investment in education, for example, has failed to keep pace with our growth. At the same time, we have cut billions of dollars in revenue from our state. We have shifted the tax burden onto people who are less able to afford it and weakened our ability to invest in our future. Our tax policy should be fair, equitable and adequate to meet the needs of our state.

Safety is one of the primary responsibilities of our government. There are many factors contributing to violence in our communities and we must pursue a multi-faceted approach to addressing this issue. In several conversations with law enforcement, judicial and court officials, I am concerned about the impact inadequate funding of our justice system has had on our ability to keep people safe. Even prior to the pandemic, we experienced significant delays in our ability to try cases due to inadequate resources. Our court administrators are managing heavy caseloads with outdated technology--their computer systems still use DOS. In addition to addressing underlying conditions that contribute to violence, one of the basic things we can do to help keep communities safe is to adequately fund our justice system.
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