ECONOMY – COVID-19 has robbed North Carolina business owners of being able to successfully operate over the last year. I have always supported free enterprise economics with little government regulation and taxation, and while measures to slow the spread were necessary, it is time to get the people of North Carolina back to work.
EDUCATION – Beginning my career in public service on the Macon County Board of Education, I am a strong advocate for public education. It is our responsibility as state leaders to provide our teachers with the tools necessary for them to perform in the classroom.
Common core needs to be replaced. It was a good sounding idea that 46 governors endorsed several years ago. It is a cookie-cutter Federal plan that assumes one size fits all. NC can do better, and we will.
Teachers in NC deserve to have their pay adjusted to competitive levels. We currently are not competitive with most neighboring states in overall teacher compensation. Since being elected to the General Assembly, we have worked to increase teacher pay and benefits, and we have been successful, but there is more work we can do. We don’t need to blame the Democrats or Republicans or continue to play that game. It just needs to be fixed, and NC can do that with the increased revenues that the State is experiencing through business and sales tax growth.
I believe all children should have access to a quality education and teacher pay should continue to be increased to a competitive level. I believe NC can put more money into the classroom and that teachers should not have to spend their personal funds for classroom material.
TAXES – As a County Commissioner I had a proven 6-year record of keeping taxes and fees low in Macon County. We have the 4th lowest tax rate in NC even after we revalued our property county-wide and LOWERED property values by an average of 14% (public record).
I believe NC needs to lower the Corporate and Individual income tax, which will put more money in the pockets of the citizens and further strengthen our state economy. WE DID THIS IN MACON COUNTY AND IT WORKS.
JOBS – This is a huge issue as we move forward as a state, especially after COVID19. This is the time we need to capitalize on success. Right now NC is the 9th largest state in the USA and has the FASTEST GROWING ECONOMY since 2013 in the country. We need to make it easier to do business in NC and continue this positive trend. As we identify and reduce over-reaching regulation, we increase folks’ desire to do business here. I applaud the current legislature for reducing corporate, personal and business income tax. That is a positive trend that we need to continue. The future is bright for NC and we need to work to make sure that is true for all of FAR WESTERN NC as well.
REGULATIONS – The residents of North Carolina know what is best for them. I believe as a government, we should be cautious about what regulations we pass. During my tenure as commissioner, we only passed ONE regulation, a testament to my commitment for less government involvement, and more power to the people.
INDIVIDUAL LIBERTY – I believe that individuals possess God-given inherent rights, and it is the job of the government to protect them and support equality under the law.
SANCTITY OF LIFE – I believe that the government must respect and protect all human life from conception to natural death.
STATE GOVERNMENT – I believe that government must not spend money it does not have or levy unfunded mandates. I am proud to have sponsored legislation to establish the state’s first “rainy day” fund to help our government operate effectively and efficiently, with funding set aside if needed.
ELECTIONS – Citizens should have access to campaign finance records and that voting is a fundamental right.