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NC State Senate District 49

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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    Julie Mayfield

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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) 53
Contact Phone (828) 271-4544
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Twitter @MayfieldforNC
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Position/philosophy statement I am a proven progressive voice, and I have the vision, values and experience to effectively represent the residents of State Senate District 49.
Tax policy should be used to incentivize behaviors, companies, and actions that will benefit the state broadly. I support incentives such as those for renewable energy that help address climate change, the EITC that puts money in people's pockets, the land conservation tax credit that helps preserve natural land, and those for businesses that will create a broad economic benefit for our state. I also support giving local governments more flexibility in tax policy to better address and adjust to the needs of their communities (e.g. charging differential tax rates to second homeowners versus long time residents). Balancing the needs of urban and rural areas is challenging, as rural areas certainly need more investment, but that investment should not harm urban areas where most of the revenue is generated and the needs are also significant.

I also support tax policy that requires those who can pay more to do so and allows low income people to keep more of their money so they can better meet their needs.
Yes. Violence, and particularly gun violence, tears holes into the fabric of our communities and our families every day. We need to strengthen our gun laws to, among other policies, prohibit assault-style weapons and magazines, institute universal background checks, and prohibit violent offenders from purchasing guns - especially perpetrators of domestic violence. We also need to invest in violence prevention and intervention programs to address interpersonal gun violence, which drives a substantial percentage of overall shootings in this country.

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