Susan Byerly – N.C. Senate District 12 (Harnett & Lee)

 

  1. Why do you wish to serve or continue to serve in the NC General Assembly?

I feel my life experiences both personally and professionally have prepared me to represent the people of Lee, Harnett and Johnston Counties. I have worked in the fields of education, business and healthcare for over 30 years and bring a wealth of knowledge in these areas. I have also spent my entire life in this region of N.C. and have devoted myself to public service.

I am also frustrated in the direction N.C. is going, as it seems we are going backwards instead of forward.

 

  1. What are the top three challenges facing North Carolina and how do you propose to address them through your office?

Education, Environment and the Economy, which are all interrelated. We must focus on improving our educational system which impacts our economy and the ability of our workforce to grow. The prospect of fracking and also the coal ash dumping is of particular interests to our area of the state and also is related to our economic development. We must introduce bills that will protect our environment and also improve our state as a viable option for economic development and growth.

 

  1. There is a statewide issue with unmaintained roads in neighborhoods recently referred to as “orphaned roads.” A bill was introduced in the General Assembly this year but did not move forward. What are your thoughts for solving this problem?

Research indicates that our infrastructure is about 30 years behind and dangerous. Again, this not only has a direct relation to our safety, but to the economic development opportunities. This issue must be addressed and quickly and could provide jobs that would support our economy.

 

  1. What NEW ideas or incentives can you suggest to attract business into the region?

 

First of all, we must get high speed internet and gas lines all over our area in order that we can attract major businesses. We must also offer incentives such as tax breaks, etc. in order to become a viable location for consideration.

 

  1. Do you support a further extension of a tax on services in North Carolina? Why or why

I am unsure as to the equity of this tax, as it seems to be cutting into the pockets of not only the consumers, but the business owners also. It seems this should be revisited based on feedback from the citizens.

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