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NC House of Representatives District 59

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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  • Jon Hardister
    (Rep)

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    Nicole Quick
    (Dem)

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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?

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Age (optional) 49
Contact Phone (336) 587-4555
email address quickfornc@gmail.com
Twitter @QuickforNC
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Position/philosophy statement I am running because I believe the interests of our state’s people should come before the interests of corporate CEOs and shareholders.
The most serious issue currently facing our community is Covid-19. Poor policies put in place before its onset have been exacerbated by the pandemic. For example, before we were affected by Covid-19, over 500,000 North Carolinians lacked affordable healthcare coverage because NC had not expanded Medicaid. Now, in the midst of the pandemic, that number has grown to over 700,000.

Likewise, our unemployment benefits are among the worst in the nation, in terms of amount and duration. With rising unemployment as a result of Covid-19, more North Carolinians are facing evictions and food insecurity as a result of the state's miserly benefits provision.

Bad policy has made this difficult time even worse for people across our state.
Immediately, I would push for Medicaid expansion so that more North Carolinians are able to access medical treatment. In addition, I would fight for a reversal of the NC legislature's 2013 cuts to unemployment benefits and for updated technology and procedures for processing claims.

Yet another priority that has become more apparent since we've been battling Covid-19 is the need for universal broadband access. Our public education system was falling behind the rest of the nation before the pandemic, and, as with Medicaid expansion and unemployment benefits, the need for reform, including student access to broadband, has been magnified by the pandemic.
Our current tax policy benefits corporations and their CEOs at the expense of everyone else. North Carolina currently has the lowest corporate tax rate in the nation, with the exception of the two states that don't have a corporate tax. Meanwhile, the average NC worker has experienced only 12% wage growth since 1978 and is struggling to make ends meet. We need to restore the earned income tax credit for families that make less than $50,000 a year, and we need to reverse the sales tax on services as this is a regressive tax that hurts lower and middle-income individuals and families. In addition, corporations should pay their fair share so that we can fund education, road repairs, and other vital services needed to sustain economic growth.