With the Nov. 6 election right around the corner, do you want to know what federal, state, and local policies we should be asking our candidates and elected officials about? Some of our social media followers have asked so our new policy manager, Daniel Parkhurst, put together a short list of issues.
Federal: EPA’s role in emissions standards
Currently, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is undergoing a comment period to roll back planned emission standards for vehicles on U.S. roads.
What do you think the EPA’s role in setting and raising emissions standards should be?
State: Constitutional amendments
Concerning the current proposed constitutional amendment imposing photographic voter ID laws, a State Board of Elections audit of the 2016 election that found voter fraud was negligible to non-existent and the proposed amendment would have prevented one miscast ballot in the more than four million ballots cast.
What do you think about voter ID laws and what do you think their effect on voter turnout is?
What do you think their effect is on communities of color?
The proposed amendments on the appointment of individuals to judicial vacancies and to the State Board of Ethics and Election Enforcement, you can pose these questions:
What do you think the amendments regarding judicial vacancies will mean for the balance of power between the executive and legislative branches?
What do you think about removing the one impartial member of the State Board of Ethics and Elections Enforcement?
An amendment to cap the income tax rate at seven percent also raises questions. Even though the current rate of less than six percent is well below the current capped rate of 10 percent and the proposed capped rate of seven percent:
What effects do you think lowering the maximum income tax rate would have on the state’s future ability to raise revenue in times of need such as after natural disasters?
Do you think this lower income tax rate will have excessive effects on working class North Carolinians by shifting the future tax burden to sales taxes and other sources in times of need?
Local: Renewable energy initiatives
The Charlotte City Council has recently passed a 100 percent renewable initiative, moving the city to relying entirely on renewable energy sources by 2050.
Do you think the state and other cities should follow suit?
What do you think the role of these initiatives is for moving North Carolina to a cleaner and more sustainable future?