Q: What's your position on expanding
Cecil: PPACA was touted as "universal healthcare" when it was passed by
Cooper: I believe accepting
Q: What reforms would you make to the state's
Cecil: Federal recognition that state-paid
Cooper: I believe
McCrory: One of our first challenges upon taking office was how to grapple with a
Since 2013, our administration has been working diligently to stabilize our
The state of
Q: How should the state increase access to nutritious foods in high-poverty areas?
Cecil: Sales tax waivers on small unincorporated vendors at "farmers markets," so local growers can offer current fresh produce at minimum costs in high poverty or food desert areas. Encourage local government to clear tax delinquent property and assign the land to food co-op or community garden projects with five-year plan cycles.
Cooper: Food deserts are a serious problem in both urban and rural communities throughout our state. The challenge for families in these areas is that there are no supermarkets or grocery stores to purchase fresh and nutritional food. One solution with bipartisan support is to help equip local neighborhood stores to sell and store these items. We must also make sure that our schools offer quality, nutritional meals so that children have access to healthy fare no matter where they live.
McCrory: The problem of food deserts and access to nutritious foods is a unique challenge in our country, particularly in low-income and rural areas of the state. We are looking for ways to expand education of healthy eating and lifestyle choices, and I am committed to working with the legislature on opportunities to improve nutritional health so
Q: Should North Carolina eliminate its religious exemption to the requirement that children be vaccinated against disease?
Cecil: No. Vaccination is not 100 percent effective and is an invasion of person. State would be applying force to citizens that are too young to make their own informed decision, for something that was not proven essential to life. A child without vaccination would not be a risk to any vaccinated child, only perhaps to another child that was not vaccinated for the same reason.
Cooper: This is an issue where we need to be guided by science and facts instead of political agendas. Failure to vaccinate children leads to the spread of severe, preventable diseases. We should agree on a safe, effective schedule of vaccinations and encourage parents and caregivers to keep
McCrory: A bill to eliminate religious exemptions to
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