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NC State Senate District 41

The North Carolina State Senate is the upper body of the North Carolina Legislature and consists of 50 members who serve a term of two years. Each member represents an average of 190,710 residents, as of the 2010 Census. The Senate elects officers from their membership including the President Pro Tempore.The North Carolina General Assembly, of which the Senate is a part, is to convene a new regular session every two years. 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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    Christopher Cole
    (CST)

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    Natasha Marcus
    (Dem)

Biographical Information

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) 56
Position/philosophy statement I support much smaller government. That generally puts me on the side with conservatives and libertarians.
Protecting and expanding school choice. I believe that the state expenditures should follow the student, not the education bureaucracy
There is a false narrative that the problem with state education is inadequate funding. Our spending levels exceed states that have better outcomes, such as Utah. I think the problem is the policy of consolidating school districts, which reduces parental and teacher input, and increases the dependence on unelected bureaucrats. Breaking up scho0ol districts will bring their administrations down to a level accessible to parents, and parental involvement has been shown to improve education outcomes. This will also increase the proportion of expenditures going to the classroom.
I oppose giving incentives to corporations. Studies have shown that the return on such incentives does not justify them. Rather, they shift resources from tax-paying businesses to corporations with government connections.
Yes. I support ending the Drug War. not only has it failed abysmally, but it has been the justification for militarizing the police and for over-policing minority communities, increasing provocations between police and those communities.
Our state's current tax policy benefits big corporations and burdens working families. This is not a sustainable or wise prioritization. Our corporate tax rate is currently much lower than all the other states in the Southeast and since it was reduced from 6.9% to 2.5%, our revenues have dropped by more than $12 billion. In short, reducing the corporate tax rate has not resulted in the promised increased revenue we require to support our needs. We need to end that failed experiment and get our corporate tax rate more in line with other states in our region, so we can pay for education, social services, infrastructure, state and local government, and more. We should also reinstate a graduated income tax rate, so that wealthier people pay a higher rate, and reinstate the EITC to help working families and stimulate our economy.
Violence in our community is troublesome, especially in parts of Charlotte where we have too many homicides in the past few years. I support gun safety laws that would help keep firearms out of the hands of dangerous people, like universal background checks and permits required for all gun purchases, red flag laws and safe storage laws. My full policy on gun violence is posted here: https://natashamarcus.com/gun-violence-1. Our state should also do more to support victims of domestic violence and to protect members of the LGBTQ community, who are often the target of violence in our society. Finally, when people have access to quality education, affordable housing and economic opportunities, violence and crime is reduced. So we need to do more to create opportunities for people to become financially stable and self-sufficient.

I am also troubled by violence by law enforcement against peaceful protesters and people of color. To address that problem, I support police reform, to ensure that brutality against citizens is not permitted, such as public access to dash and body camera footage, ban on chokeholds, and ending racial profiling and qualified immunity.