ECONOMY – COVID-19 has robbed North Carolina business owners of being able to successful operate over the last year. Kevin has 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 – NC promised 40% of the lottery proceeds to come back to the Counties for education. This year (15-16) it was 17%. Those lottery proceeds need to be restored and I will introduce legislation to do so.
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. That needs to be corrected. 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.
Kevin believes all children should have access to a quality education and teacher pay should continue to be increased to a competitive level. Kevin believes 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 have a proven 6 year record of keeping taxes and fees low in our 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 HAVE DONE THIS IN MACON COUNTY AND IT WORKS.
JOBS – This is a huge issue as we go forward. This is the time we need to capitalize on success. Right now NC is the 9th largest state in the USA and is 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. In Macon County we have REDUCED local regulations to make it easier for folks to build their homes here. As we speak, we are developing a plan to reduce fees for building & well permits, etc. We can do the same in the State of NC. As we identify and reduce over-reaching regulation, we increase folks’ desire to do business here. Also, 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 – Again, as a County Commissioner, I have a proven 6 year record of reducing regulation and making it easier for folks to operate and do business. We completely reviewed and revamped ALL of our local ordinances and regulations. We reduced regulation in our Subdivision Ordinance, making it easier for builders and homeowners to do business in Macon County. We also REDUCED REGULATION in areas such as the High Impact ordinance and more.
In my past 6 years as Commissioner and 4 years as Chairman, we only passed ONE new regulation. We passed a County-wide no smoking ordinance for all County property and that was the right thing to do.
INDIVIDUAL LIBERTY – Kevin believes 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 – Kevin believes that the government must respect and protect all human life from conception to natural death.
STATE GOVERNMENT – Kevin believes that government must not spend money it does not have or levy unfunded mandates.
ELECTIONS – Citizens should have access to campaign finance records and that voting is a fundamental right.