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NC House of Representatives District 63

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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    Ricky Hurtado
    (Dem)

  • Stephen Ross
    (Rep)

Biographical Information

Identify the most serious issue you see facing the community you will represent.

How will you address this issue once you are in office?

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 NC State tax policies?

Age (optional) 31
Contact Phone (336) 539-1930
Twitter @rickyhurtadonc
Position/philosophy statement I believe those closest to the problem are closest to the solution. That means those with lived experience need to have a seat at the table.
Since Republicans have taken power, we’ve witnessed a divestment in public education across the board. Even after 10 years, funding remains at pre-recession levels despite a rebounding economy. Teacher pay remains several thousand dollars below the national average. We lack a diverse teaching workforce that has the cultural competent skills to work with an increasingly diverse student population. At both ends of the educational continuum—from early childhood to college opportunity—a lack of access and affordability prevents working families from investing in their future.
As a product of our public schools, a first-generation college student and now as an educator that works in partnership with K-12 public schools and universities across our state, I recognize both the challenges facing public education and the opportunities we have to invest in the future of our children and North Carolina. I will champion efforts to ensure every child has access to a high quality public education by raising teacher pay to the national average, fully fund our classrooms and schools, and fight to make college more affordable for working families.
I believe policies that promote a stronger safety net for working families, such as the EITC, have a positive impact on our community and could serve as one of the most powerful poverty alleviating tools we have at our disposal. Tax incentives that help the growth and sustainability of future industries such as solar energy are also tools we should consider as we look toward the future of North Carolina's economy. Overall, our budgets are moral documents that reflect the priorities of an economy; it is past time we stop giving away tax breaks for the wealthy and invest in working families and small business development and support.
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