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NC State Senate District 40

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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    Joyce Waddell

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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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Contact Phone (704) 577-6778
Position/philosophy statement An Advocate for education, economic development and health care.
We need to decrease taxes to our middle class and create a tax base that is fair and equitable, not only for individuals but also for corporations.
Many instances of violence stem from lack of opportunities. If we increase opportunities to education and employment, we can decrease violence. Opportunities, not stricter laws, will improve safety in our communities and give the residents a sense of pride and ownership of their communities. Stricter laws usually create a sense of punishment versus getting to the root of why crime occurs. If we create laws that encourage opportunities and not punishment, we can heal our communities and discourage environments that create violence.