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N.C. House (District 61)

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    Alissa Batts
    (Rep)

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    Mary Price (Pricey) Harrison
    (Dem)

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What are your top 2 priorities for action in the General Assembly? (40 words maximum)

Should the NC legislature take action to raise the state minimum wage and also promote pay equity across race and gender for the same job – or should these be left to businesses? (30 words maximum)

What is the best way to handle the redistricting process after the 2020 Census? (30 words maximum)

What are 2 priority actions for the state to improve K-12 public education? (30 words maximum)

Should NC municipalities have the authority to create police-community review boards with subpoena, investigative and disciplinary powers? (briefly respond in 15 words maximum)

Explain your position on off-shore drilling for North Carolina. (briefly respond in 15 words maximum)

Experience (35 words max) I’m a dedicated IT and Records Management professional with close to 15 years in experience. As a businesswoman, I’m skilled at bringing people together to resolve differences and gain alignment to move forward.
I will continue the reduction of unnecessary regulations, which will continue to promote healthy economic growth. Special attention will be given to expanding access to affordable health care, educational initiatives including school safety and greater transparency in allocation of monies.
Minimum wage laws hurt not only the business and our economy but end up compromising the very people who they mean to help and need jobs the most.
I would support legislation creating an independent commission for redistricting so long as it was a well-vetted process based on previous successful implementations and the commission was truly independent.
Two Priorities are giving students earlier opportunities to pursue vocational or advanced preparation for careers and creating greater transparency with regards to education funding at the school district level.
I do not agree with the approach of police-community review boards having these powers.
Carefully permitted off-shore drilling would create well-paying jobs and provide many benefits for North Carolina.
Experience (35 words max) I’m currently serving my 7th term in NC House, and chaired several committees including Energy, Environment, NER Appropriations, and the Environmental Review Commission. I've served on many nonprofit boards, at all levels.
3 favorite endorsements for this election NCLCV, NCAE, Planned Parenthood Votes! South Atlantic
Regarding elections: expand access to the polls, restore and expand public financing, implement independent redistricting, restore nonpartisan judicial races, all helping restore North Carolinians’ faith in our democracy. Expand Medicaid and increase access to affordable health care.
I’ve sponsored comprehensive economic security legislation on raising the minimum wage, providing for equal pay and paid sick leave, etc. Businesses haven't done enough; it's up to Government to lead the way.
I've long advocated for independent redistricting, even when my party was in charge. I've cosponsored many of the proposals. I think the Iowa model, might serve NC best.
1) Adequately fund student resources, educator/staff pay, support professionals (school counselors, nurses, social workers), etc.; redirect taxpayer funding of unaccountable voucher programs. 2)Prioritize funding over tax cuts and tax caps.
Yes, and I have sponsored legislation on this subject.
I’ve always been strongly opposed. It’s bad for NC and bad for our planet!