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NC House of Representatives District 14

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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  • George G. Cleveland

  • Marcy Wofford

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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?

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We need to expand Medicaid. The pandemic has highlighted inequities due to the lack of healthcare. Even before that, many rural communities have been losing healthcare options/hospitals.
We need to fully fund our public schools. This means: raise per pupil spending (we are well below average). Pass a budget that expands benefits/pay for educators and school staff. I would like to bring back teacher assistants to the classrooms.
We need to focus on North Carolinians versus large business tax breaks. Over the past several years, corporations have gotten extreme tax cuts which has led to less funding in our state for priorities like education. In the meantime, average taxpayers are paying the same or more.
To improve safety in our community we need to first address the root causes of violence by improving mental health care opportunities, expanding Medicaid, and addressing income and housing inequality. We need to review policing policies and create citizen review boards to ensure justice. Safety is vital for everyone in the community.