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.
Everyone deserves access to health care, a sound basic education and economic opportunity.
Decreasing health disparities among our citizens. Access to health care by 1) closing the health insurance gap (aka expanding Medicaid), 2) eliminating outdated and unnecessary regulation of health care providers, and
3) increasing access to telehealth.
The legislature should support public K-12 education by 1) reinstating a robust Teaching Fellows program, 2) recognizing career progression of teachers by increasing pay for obtaining a relevant Masters degree and for national certification, 3) raising teachers' salaries to at least the national average, and 4) elimination of siphoning of public funds to private parochial schools.
State tax policy established since 2011 has favored corporations over non-wealthy individuals. As a result, state revenues available to fund schools, pre-K, health care and infrastructure (not an exhaustive list) have fallen.
Violence in our communities is best addressed by local citizens and their local government, faith communities and civic organizations. State laws that inflame the issues (i.e., the 2015 law prohibiting the removal of "historical" statues) certainly tie the hands of local government and should be repealed.
As Libertarian candidate for NC General Assembly District 37, I am running to promote positive politics, and create a smaller, safer state government.
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As an educator, I am worried about the future of North Carolina schools. We have many dedicated teachers and administrators in North Carolina, but it is up to parents to stay involved and retain responsibility, especially in rural communities. Unshackling the capacities of new choices for schools is the best way to improve education.
Education plays key roles in developing people and communities. It encourages social engagement, fosters economic development, and unlocks the personal potential of each individual student.
Bureaucratic and political systems are not the best way to meet each student’s educational needs. We must provide environments that address learning diversity by supporting innovative and engaged teachers.
Allowing choice in education opens paths to academic success and prepares students for new challenges by allowing them to find a place to excel.
North Carolina tax policies have loopholes carved by corporate cronies that shift their fair share of the state's burden to working families.
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There are many things that we have the ability to move forward. First priority will be to find new ways of bringing funds in without raising taxes.
I will be working to get curriculum changes approved by the PTA's and the PTO's of the public schools. Many people feel they have no control on what their children are being taught. In Wake County alone, there are 161,000 students and over 19,000 staff members. I will allocate funds to research on how we can bring advertising money right into our schools. Our schools are a marketing gold mine.
Not being personally in the meetings that have made certain decisions, I can't say. There are companies that create software to manage the budgets of universities and other large entities. I will be advocating to have software put in place so that we can account for every penny that is spent.
No, we need to learn how to better nourish the family units and reach out to the at-risk youth. There are many nonprofit organizations very passionate about doing these things. Connecting these organizations with the communities they serve would be a good step forward. Most people are not aware of the opportunities these organizations produce.