NC House of Representatives District 62
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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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?
I consider the privilege of being a citizen of N.C. and selected to serve as a representative for it’s people the single greatest honor oF my lIfe.
Moving our daily practices resulting from the coronavirus health emergency back to a more normal state of affairs. Almost every function we are engaged in has been altered from the norm. The time, methods and instruments necessary to recover will challenge our finances, our social interaction, and our business and governmental operations.
The challenges of recovery directly relate to the responsibilities assumed by a member of the State legislature. Based upon my experience in the military, the civilian local government, specifically, law enforcement, and my five terms in office as a legislator, I can pick up as soon as sworn in to continue the appropriation procedures we followed this past year. I fully expect to again be assigned to House committees that directly address the emergency status and that provide for the resources and legal provisions necessary to reach resolution.
I am very proud of the tax record of the legislature over the past ten years. It would be asking the impossible to think that there is a tax structure that every citizen is pleased with. That is the primary reason that our system provides for almost constant interaction and deliberation in considering whether there should be policy changes. Virtually every function of citizen/government conflict or cooperation involves tax matters.
Medicaid Expansion is not only affecting my district, my family, and my friends, but it’s hurting the entire state. Our health is at stake on this issue, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic. We can not keep expecting regular working people to foot the bill from corporate hospitals and drug companies. Over 500,000 will get coverage under the Expansion, they can’t wait any longer. Folks are avoiding going to the hospital for fear of huge bills in this time we’re going to the hospital can not be optional. Its a public health matter.
It’s a political game, we have to get the votes in the house. It comes down to winning 6 seats in the house and breaking the majority in order to get the votes needed to pass Medicaid. The bill is already written.
The current tax code was written in 1930. It needs an update, with the wealthy paying their fair share.
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