Lewis Running for NC House on Past Success and Future Vision for North Carolina
Outlines plan to continue job growth and economic vitality across Harnett County and North Carolina.
Representative David R. Lewis, surrounded by friends and family, filed for re-election to District 53 of the North Carolina House. Lewis spent his morning calling supporters, meeting with friends, and signing the paperwork at the Harnett County Board of Elections.
Lewis made his way to the County Seat to address supporters after handing over the paper work to the Board of Elections. He was met with a room full of volunteers ready to get to work in 2016.
Lewis was appointed to serve as the influential Chairman of the Rules, Calendar, and Operations of the House committee at the beginning of 2015. He has spent much of his time over the past several years focusing on reducing taxes, expanding educational freedom, and helping generate economic development.
Rep. Lewis had this to say:
“The people of Harnett County have entrusted me with a great responsibility over the last several years. I am honored to serve such a great community and would consider it a great opportunity be to an advocate for you, both in Raleigh and here, once again. I think we have made great strides towards reducing taxes, expanding educational freedom and creating a climate for economic growth over the past several years.”
North Carolina has undergone two waves of tax reform led by Rep. Lewis. The General Assembly set out with a goal to keep more money in the pockets of hard working North Carolinians. As a result of these reforms that flatten, simplify, and reduce the tax code, North Carolina has moved from 44th to 15th in state rankings of business climate.
Tax reform also led to the reform of the State’s unemployment insurance system. North Carolina paid back over $2.8 billion in debt to the federal government that was caused by the Democrat’s wasteful, reckless spending. As a result, the unemployment system runs more efficiently than ever before. Just this year, the unemployment system built up a $1 billion reserve, which will allow North Carolina businesses to see savings of up to $600 million in 2016.
The General Assembly is continuing to cut red tape and senseless regulations, thus creating a business friendly environment in North Carolina.
Rep. Lewis commented on the economic and tax changes:
“Fiscal conservatism works. We are boldly moving towards a tax code that is better for families, individuals, and businesses. Good governing requires tough choices, and tax reform helped produce a $500 million revenue surplus for the state this year. It is my goal, and the goal of the General Assembly, to reduce the tax burden for working families, and allow the people of North Carolina to operate in a vibrant economic climate.”
Lewis is also leading the way in education reform. For years, the education system was ripe with inefficiencies and bureaucracy. Prudent budgeting has allowed the state to raise starting teacher pay to $35,000 a year after implementing one the largest teacher pay raises in North Carolina’s history in 2014. The state has also focused on encouraging school choice by providing opportunity scholarships for low income students.
Rep. Lewis commented on education reform:
“Education should be about the child. It should be about what setting the child learns best and how we can help each child reach their God given potential. This is why reforms like opportunity scholarships that help low income families educate their child in a different setting are so vital to our success as a state. It has been and continues to be our goal to commit to educational excellence and professionalism in the classroom.”
The General Assembly took major steps to reform a broken Medicaid system this year. The critical program that millions of needy individuals rely on became too costly and complex for states to effectively manage.
Rep. Lewis commented on Medicaid reform:
“Healthcare comes down to making decisions between us and our doctors, without interference from bureaucrats. The state’s most disadvantaged deserve efficient health care programs that will continue to provide essential services. I value quality of care, access, patient satisfaction, and efficiency in healthcare, so that’s what I’m going to fight for.”
Rep. Lewis also stated, “I humbly ask for the vote of the good people in District 53. There is more work to be done. We can all create a better life for North Carolinians where they can thrive through a lower tax burden, less government spending, and more educational freedom. I have great hope for the people of North Carolina if we can continue towards prosperity."
Rep. Lewis is a farmer and businessman living in Dunn, and is serving his seventh term in the North Carolina House. He has filed to run for re-election in District 53.