The North Carolina Constitution declares that education shall be provided for in our State. (ARTICLE I DECLARATION OF RIGHTS Sec. 15. Education. The people have a right to the privilege of education, and it is the duty of the State to guard and maintain that right. NORTH CAROLINA STATE CONSTITUTION).
During this campaign, you will hear how other candidates claim they are “The Education Candidate”. As voters of North Carolina you need to understand what the governor’s constitutional role is. The role of the Governor of North Carolina, as far as education goes, is a very limited role. The governor can make appointments of up to eleven persons to sit on the State Board of Education. The North Carolina State Constitution is very clear on this. (Article IX sec.4 ,NORTH CAROLINA STATE CONSTITUTION ).
If I am elected, I will appoint citizens to the State Board of Education who understand and believe that the objective of education is to educate the populace. I believe that there needs to be a vigorous pursuit for alternative means of education. We live in a large and diverse state and a “one size fits all“ approach is an antiquated way of thinking when it comes to North Carolina’s education system. Charter Schools, private schools, trade schools, and homeschooling should all play a much larger part in this system . The formula for public education seems to be based on the philosophy that simply spending more money equals a top-quality education, and that simply is not the case. North Carolina spends 58% of its budget on education; 40% is specifically spent on K-12 Education.
I believe that we must look at two primary factors when discussing and planning our education system. First, what is the objective purpose for the education system and is that objective being met? Second, liberty always. Parents should have the right to determine the course that they believe is the best one for themselves and their children. Any system that deprives ”We the People” is in a state of conflict with liberty. In other words, are we achieving the goals of educating the populace or not ? Is achieving those goals infringing upon our liberties? Simply funding a bureaucracy that takes 40% of the State budget does not automatically equate to North Carolinians receiving a top-quality education.
I believe that education needs to be managed closest to home. All who have a vested interest - parents, taxpayers and local school boards - should determine how their school district needs to function. The State Board of Education needs to have less control over local authority. I acknowledge that there are many variables to North Carolina’s education system. Not all problems can be solved in a paragraph. However, I believe that working together we can, and should, do better.
Often times, taxation can cause anger and frustration. I understand that some individuals believe in a philosophy that taxation is theft. The reality is, however, that in order for a civilized society to be sustained, government is required and revenue is needed to fund that government.
We need to address several questions concerning this topic. First, how much government do we want and how much are we willing to pay in taxes to fund it? Second, what will be the revenue stream to fund the government? Third, which government programs fall within the constitutional duties of the state government and which do not. Those that do not should not be included in the State budget for funding.
Personal Income Tax: I believe that taxing one’s wages is immoral. I propose that North Carolina reduce or eliminate taxing personal income or wages. The state government needs to look at other options for revenue sources and take a more in-depth look at spending cuts.
Business Tax: I believe North Carolina should be a business-friendly state. Having business owners move their businesses to North Carolina can only be beneficial. The backbone of North Carolina’s economy is the small business owner. The past trend has been to grant tax incentives to top corporations in order to draw businesses to North Carolina. However, I believe these tax incentives prove to be unfair to businesses that already are established and are employing North Carolinians currently. Using tax incentives in that way is, in effect, allowing the government to pick winners and losers in the business realm. In a free-market economy, it is not the government’s role to pick and choose winners. Government's role should be to develop and implement policies that allows all businesses to have the same tax rate and incentives. If the government provides a low tax rate and incentives to corporations and small businesses equally, then commerce will continue to thrive in a free market economy.
Mechanic's Labor Tax: I believe that the Mechanics Labor Tax should be eliminated. Taxing one’s labor is an insult to the laborer themselves. Government should not capitalize on a craftsman’s trade by taxing their labor. Implementing taxes on a business only leads to the business incurring more expenses, thus forcing the business owners to raise the cost of goods and/or services to their customers.
I believe that the government's role needs to be limited in the area of health care. If health care is left primarily to the free market, health care costs would lower. People tend to be most concerned about the affordability of healthcare services. We primarily maintain a single pattern of health care. I trust that if given the choice and education, people would find alternative medical practices offering treatments that are safe, effective, less invasive, and more affordable. Wellness program incentives are a start, but promoting alternative forms of health care maintenance is also an avenue that should be encouraged.
Implementing laws that require physicians to provide proof of need in order to be allowed to obtain specific medical equipment is erroneous and needs to be eliminated. Government mandates often hinder physicians from providing safe, quality health care. Government's role should be to allow healthcare freedom of choice to providers as well as patients. I believe that the government has an obligation in providing health care for the general population to a degree. This authority is granted to the State by the North Carolina State Constitution under Article XI, Sec. 3. Article V Sec. 8 of the North Carolina State Constitution details how financing of Health facilities, either governmental or private non-profit, are to be financed. I would like to see more quality hospitals that specialize in trauma, cardiac, and stroke care being established throughout the state that are quickly accessible to all counties and areas. I am a strong advocate for the opening and maintaining of quality community health clinics. Clinic physicians and physician groups should be given more freedom in order to open good-quality clinics in the community. I believe that the state should allow insurance policies to be transferred from state to state in order to permit individuals to purchase what best fits their needs and budget. Never should a free person be forced by government to purchase any product, and this includes health insurance.
I am against the use of taxpayer funded toll roads, especially when private companies are permitted to profit from the roads.
I am pro Second Amendment and an advocate for Constitutional Carry. I am opposed to the concept of Red Flag Laws that criminalizes mental illness, leads to the confiscation of one’s firearms, and revokes an individual’s second amendment right without due process. These actions go against the very concept of being an American with protected rights.