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October 12, 2012

Candidates present visions at forum

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Friday, October 12, 2012 —

NC State Senate

District 25

Q: What would be your top legislative priorities in the next session of the NC Senate?

Gene McIntyre:

My top legislative priority for the next session of the General Assembly is to make sure we get jobs back into this district.

We’ve had double digit unemployment in this district since 2008 in most of the counties, if they weren’t in double digits they very close to that.

We have results of decades of a liberal agenda of over taxing, overspending, overregulation that has weakened our economy.

We’ve got to turn that around. We’ve got to make sure we have lower taxes and regulatory reform and that we cut taxes so that businesses will be attracted to come to us.

Just on that thought, the president of the United States Chamber of Commerce said there is 3.1 million jobs that have gone unfilled because there’s not a big enough workforce of people who apply that have the skills or the knowledge to do the job.

So, on top of that, and 66 percent of North Carolina’s fourth-graders aren’t proficient in reading and one-fourth drop out.

We’ve got to have education reform.

We’ve got over 50 percent of our students leave high school and go into the community colleges and they have to take at least one course in remedial reading or math.

We’ve got to do something at the high school level to take care of that.

Acts passed in the last session deal with that. They’re looking at K-3 and making a reading program there so that students that go into fourth grade are proficient in reading and at the end of the third grade, they’re going to stop social promotion if those students are not proficient, they’re giving them remediation.

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