NC House of Representatives District 57
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?
Our country should strive to provide opportunity for each and every citizen throughout their lives - none more or less important than anyone else!
Immediately, the most important issue is how we stop the spread of coronavirus and how we rebuild a stronger and more equitable collective future. This requires working with local, state and national leadership to institute consistent strategies to stop the coronavirus from spreading and to funnel resources to protect people who make our communities what they are each and every day.
In addition to this immediate crisis, saving and protecting our state's public school system has been and will remain the most serious issue we face as a state. A decade of disinvestment, fueling competition and penalizing accountability structures leaves our schools crumbling (literally) and educators disheartened. Our children and educators deserve more.
During the initial coronavirus response, I was appointed co-chair of our House COVID Education Working Group. I worked with state legislators, the Govenor and our representatives in DC to address the needs we heard from families and educators across our state. We secured over $500 million and passed several legislative responses to concerns. I will continue this work as we move through the coronavirus response.
I will also continue my work on K-12 policy issues and advocate for appropriate funding for our state - we just received a Leandro consent order for $479 million more spending in K-12 education in the next fiscal year. I am proud to be part of eased testing restrictrions and adjustments to licensure. We have much work to do!
Tax policies are best determined through balancing what we need to invest in the future of our state and how we continue to help families and businesses thrive. Unfortunately, we have a regressive tax structure where people who make the least pay the most and the people who make the most pay the least. I do not believe that matches the values we should hold true to as North Carolinians who value the hard work of many of our citizens.
Specifically, I co-sponsored re-instating the earned-income tax credit which is one the research-based strongest ways we can support working familes. Ultimately, we should address tax policy with a careful, balanced approach that provides for critical investments and supporting workers.
Finding Common Ground Using Common Sense and providing an economic environment that allows opportunity to all.
We have multiple serious issues in our community that need to be addressed, but education is the most serious because if early education is ignored, then children cannot effectively, mentally and emotionally, mature to become productive members of society.
I will advocate for budget proposals that fund teachers, school employees, school facility construction and maintenance. We have had good budgets the last several years that have addressed these issues but have been voted against and vetoed for political purposes. I will represent the people and do what's best for the people of Greensboro and Guilford County.
North Carolina was recognized in 2019 by Forbes Magazine as the best place in the US to do business in part because of favorable tax policy. When businesses move here to build or expand, they create jobs. When we have more people working, then we have fewer people using expensive government programs, and more people working means we have more people paying taxes into the system and buying more products and services that have sales taxes associated with them. We must have smart tax policy. The blanket statement and position that we need to raise taxes on those that don't pay their fair share is detrimental to our economy and very poor policy.
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