A Fair Economy for All
We need economic policies that promote sustainable economic development while creating jobs that pay living wages.
For 15 years, I worked with disabled individuals to find them fair employment by connecting directly with local businesses. As your representative in District 11, I want to continue this work to expand opportunity for all job-seekers and for businesses seeking workers to meet their needs.
Minimum Wage to a Living Wage
Anyone who works full-time should be able to support themselves and their family. This is why I support raising North Carolina's minimum wage to $15 per hour.
Smart Growth & Transportation
District 11, which includes parts of Raleigh and Cary, is one of the most prosperous areas in the nation and it continues to grow each day. As the Triangle continues to grow, the need for a quality public transportation system is clear. Simply building more roads and bigger highways are not the only solutions to transportation and growth; buses alone will not be enough to get workers to jobs, college students to Universities, and travelers to the airport. District 11 needs a quality public rail system. As District 11's representative, I will support public transit plans that link Cary and Raleigh, link the Triangle and the airport, and link District 11 to Durham and Chapel Hill.
Most importantly, public transportation is an economic justice issue. Workers need to live close to jobs and employers want their employees to have easy access to work.
I will work for policies that put the working and middle class at the center of tax reform. In 2014, the Republican-controlled General Assembly let the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) expire, which provided tax relief to more than 900,000 low- and middle-income North Carolinians. I support reinstating the EITC in North Carolina.
Make no mistake: HB2 caused immense damage to our economy and our reputation as a welcoming state. Whether this "Bathroom Bill" cost our state economy $400 million (Business Insider 2016) or closer to $4 billion ($3.76 billion of known public loss projections by AP analysis 2017) the fact is: it cost us.
When HB2 was replaced by HB142, it contained a clause which prevented local governments from raising the minimum wage in their communities. I believe local governments should have the autonomy to choose to raise their minimum wages.
Let me be clear: While some Democrats voted for this so-called replacement to HB2, I do not support the replacement bill. I believe HB2 should have been entirely repealed. Period.