NC House of Representatives District 50
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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Graig R. Meyer
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?
Health care access and cost issues continue to be on the top of many voters’ concerns. What are your views and priorities on how this should be addressed in the coming year?
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?
North Carolina built its economic success and its reputation on strong public schools. Unfortunately, the caliber of our K-12 schools and institutions of higher education are slipping as public investments in education have been neglected under Republican legislative leadership. I came to the legislature from our public schools, and they continue to be my top priority.
I am proud to be the primary sponsor of House Democrats' response to the Leandro court ruling, HB1129 Ensure a Sound Basic Education. We must invest adequate resources in our public schools, especially in poor and rural school systems. North Carolina needs to raise teacher salaries to the national average or better. We need to invest in a strong teacher preparation pipeline. And we need to treat teachers with the professional respect that they reserve, specifically by giving them more time to plan together an learn from each other. We could make the job of K-12 educators easier by increasing access to early childhood education opportunities, especially for children in the 0-3 age range. And our children who complete high school need affordable options for workforce development through our Community College system or for continued study in a University System that should once again become the rival of any in the nation.
Our first priority must be to expand Medicaid and close the coverage gap. Second, we must continue to invest in our public health system, to ensure we can cope with ongoing COVID concerns or other public health threats. Beyond those two priorities, we cannot wait to take on the tangled challenge of bringing down the costs of health care.
I have been a proponent of independent redistricting throughout my time in the legislature. If Democrats take the majority in 2021, I believe that an independent redistricting bill will be the first law that we will pass.
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