Scott Jones position statements
Posted April 19, 2012 3:36 p.m. EDT
What would your top three priorities be if elected governor of North Carolina?
Priority 1 – Work to breakup party politics in North Carolina! The two-party systems no longer works, and if we cannot get past the parties, then we need to look at other political groups to get things done.
Priority 2 – Would be to reduce state spending by 20 percent by the end of 2013, enabling the legislature to look at reducing taxes on individuals and small businesses. Do away with the current tax system.
Priority 3 – Bring our legislators in full time not to write and introduce new laws but to work on fixing our broken economy by reducing restrictions on businesses that want to move to North Carolina and those that are trying to grow or maintain their current status.
Given the current state of the economy, as governor, what would you do to add jobs and boost the economy here?
We need to first look at ways for businesses to hire from those on unemployment. Too many times, employers are being told during interviews that the applicant is making more on unemployment, and this just will not do. We can come up with a better unemployment system to ensure folks are not holding out! We will have to work hard to force the federal government to stop outsourcing our jobs to other countries. It is imperative we work on the current tax system. Employers have to pay too much payroll tax, and by eliminating the income tax, this would save thousands of dollars that business owners have to shell out instead of using it to hire new employees.
Do you support the proposed constitutional amendment defining marriage in North Carolina as between one man and one woman?
As a husband and father of two and being married for over 19 years to my beautiful wife, I find it not up to me to judge someone else’s sexual preferences. I was raised going to church and have served on a number of mission trips and have even taught Sunday school, but the main thing I have learned is not to judge others or cast the first stone. I do believe in marriage, and it is between one man and one women. I believe that the legislators need to look at ways or some type of certificate that would allow same-sex couples to have certain rights as a family unit.
Do you support raising the sales tax in North Carolina to restore cuts in education funding?
I absolutely do not support raising taxes for education. There should be better oversight of funds the school systems receive. We need to eliminate programs like No Child Left Behind and early childhood education. Those funds and teachers should go to K-12 and only K-12. We have to get back to the basics of education – reading, writing and arithmetic. I want to ensure we reduce class sizes, hire more teachers and increase teacher pay. Our teachers have been under too much stress to teach the test and not enough pay for the work they do. I say the heck with national averages. Let's let our teachers teach!!!