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NC State Senate District 38

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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  • Jack W. Brosch
    (Rep)

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    Mujtaba A. Mohammed
    (Dem)

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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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Age (optional) 35
email address Info@MohammedNC.com
Twitter @MMohammedNC
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Position/philosophy statement I believe this is our shot to do more, more for our families, kids, and community who are being left behind by failed policies. I am running for us.
My legislative priorities are: Education- •Fully funding universal Pre-K, fully funding K-3 Teacher Assistants, restoring the original Teaching Fellows Program, introducing equity measures into the budget for our HBCUs. Equity- •Expand access to health care, strengthening the Second Chances Act, repealing punitive laws, restoring the Racial Justice Act, expanding access to voting, passing a comprehensive Hate Crime Law. Economy- •Restore Earned Income Tax, Child tax credit, Tax-Free Weekend, implement a Living Wage and expand Parental Leave.
We must start prioritizing the future of our children in North Carolina with a budget that reflects our values. We can start by fully supporting our teachers, passing a statewide construction bond, creating a statewide scholarship for our scholars, reducing tuition across all UNC schools, and implementing fee caps at all UNC and Community Colleges. I believe we need to expand North Carolina Virtual Public School (NCVPS) so that all students can share in the opportunity and promise of the program. We need to secure the Education Lottery to make sure the funds are used as intended. I also will support measures to increase starting teacher pay, provide much needed, and deserved raises for our veteran educators and restore Master’s Pay. Restoring equity in school grades by making growth and proficiency equal.
Under a Republican-led North Carolina General Assembly, we have seen one of the lowest corporate tax rates in the country at 2.5%. Years of permanent income tax cuts for the biggest corporations and millionaires have left more working-class families behind with increases in property taxes on the local level and legislative action that continues to increase sales and service tax on our families. We need to put working families first. I believe working families can be supported by raising wages, increasing deductions, restoring child tax credits, and restoring the earned-income tax credits. In addition, we need to work towards bringing back investments in North Carolina by restoring solar and film tax credits that once helped create thousands of jobs in our state.
In the North Carolina Senate, I worked with my colleagues to fund Raise the Age to ensure we reduce the school-to-prison pipeline and recidivism rates. I have co-sponsored and worked with colleagues on the Judiciary Committee to help pass the Second Chances Act. This bill passed unanimously in the North Carolina Senate and House and signed into law by Governor Cooper in June. The Second Chance Act expands eligibility for expungements and helps avoid the cost of seeking counsel for individuals by modernizing our court system by automating expungement for dismissed and non-violent criminal offenses. This bill helps avoid collateral consequences related to criminal charges and keeps our community safe. In addition, we need to create a statewide universal pre-K program in North Carolina. We need to create a statewide scholarship program much like Georgia with the HOPE Scholarship, and we need to increase our minimum wage to a living wage. Family Leave and Parental leave should be mandatory. We can create better outcomes for everyone when we treat each other as humans and not as human capital.