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NC House of Representatives District 13

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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    Buck Bayliff

  • Patricia (Pat) McElraft

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1. What do you see as your most important priority if you are elected? [Youtube video for this question or text or both].

2. Education policy and funding issues have been in the news lately. What are your views and priorities on how this should be addressed in the coming year?

3. 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 tax policies in NC?

4. Many communities in North Carolina are experiencing significant violence. Do you think that changes to the laws in our state would improve safety in our communities?

Age (optional) 71
Contact Phone (252) 732-6018
Twitter @Bayliff4NC
Position/philosophy statement Providing world class public schools, affordable healthcare, and making smart investments in environment. Schools matter. Safety matters. Jobs matter.
North Carolina should have EITC especially for the low wage earners in our state. The extra income would provide much needed income to thousands of families across the state. This would actually be income they have earned through their work. In addition to basic needs this could also help to provide health needs and help to improve the educational needs to families. It is estimated that EITC would pump $100 million into the state economy. This would relieve funds from supporting families basic needs to other areas like health care. As far as incentives to businesses I favor programs such as Job Development Investment Grant (JDIG) which helps companies that locate and give back to the state. These grants are paid off over time (usually 12 years) Also the One North Carolina Fund, which allows the Governor to react quickly to a opportunity and is based on the number of jobs, location, projected income from the company.
With the recent growth of Black Lives Matter brining to the forefront that reform is needed to insure fare and equally enforcement of laws through out our country. While violent crime is a terrible thing we are fortunate here in Carteret and Jones County as we are below (18.4%) the national average (22.7%). Domestic crimes have increased (58%) above the average (34%). This may likely be due to the economic and other stresses that the pandemic has brought into households. There will be a long rebuilding across America. Bringing diverse minority groups together to discuss, understand, and reconcile disparities in bias, harrassment, discrimination, and hate crimes with fare and equal outcomes would be a huge first step. My focus would be sure that the law is enforced equally throughout these groups.
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