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Welcome

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NRA Endorses Rep. Chris MillisI am fortunate to have grown up in the District that I now have the honor to represent. After receiving both primary and secondary education in the Pender County school system (K-12th Grade), I attended North Carolina State University, where I had the privilege of graduating as Valedictorian with a degree in Civil Engineering. Since graduation and working in the Civil Engineering field, I have seen first-hand the unnecessary regulations that choke the economy, as well as the growth of centralized government, and the erosion of our private property rights and individual freedoms. This spurred me at an early age to seek the truth about our country’s founding principles, which led to my passionate stance that government should be limited to its proper role, and respect our individual liberties.

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After my wife Tonya and I began a family (blessed with our son Luke, and daughters Alexa and Olivia), we realized that unless we got involved in helping turn around the direction of our state and nation, that our children would not have the same opportunities that we have had. This perspective has driven me to provide the much needed representation and leadership in Raleigh for the people of the 16th House District, so that all citizens of Pender and Onslow Counties would have a greater opportunity to prosper.

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Now at the end of my second term as your NC House representative, I can state with confidence that I remained true to the principles that I promised you I would honor, and I stand ready to continue to fight in Raleigh on your behalf. I humbly ask for your support.

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For the latest legislative news from Raleigh, be sure to also visit my constituent services website at nchouse16.com.

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Representative Chris Millis

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Jobs & Taxes

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The most jobs are created when government regulates and taxes less, treats individuals and businesses as equally as possible, and does not decide which industries get preference via political favors and special treatment.

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Not long ago North Carolina’s tax burden was ranked 44th in the nation by the nonpartisan Tax Foundation. In the last four years as your representative, I fought alongside other like-minded members of the General Assembly to institute an overhaul of our state tax code – an action that had not occurred in over 80 years. Thanks to this long-overdue reform, individuals at all income levels have the opportunity to keep more of their hard-earned money, as North Carolina has moved to one of the best tax climates in the country. This will lead to greater economic expansion and prosperity for all our citizens.

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This has not come at the expense of fulfilling the proper role of government. We maintained needed resources for the essential needs of our citizens and their protection, while removing loopholes and subsidies built into the old tax code that benefited special interests and a favored few. I believe that you know how to best spend your own money, rather than some bureaucrat or politician. If re-elected to serve as your representative, I will continue to defend against your state government taking your money, and then redistributing it out to special interests and political cronies.

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Spending

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Low government spending is the critical path to a low tax burden. Reducing and cutting spending is essential.

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We cannot and should not continue to fund agencies and programs that are not clearly within the responsibility of state government. If a program is not a clear and constitutional responsibility of the government, then legislators must cut or work to sunset the program.

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We must work to reduce spending within government. Legislators must work towards program efficiency and consolidation of departments and agencies. We cannot afford redundant programs, overlapping agencies, and overstaffed departments.

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By cutting programs from the budget that are not the responsibility of the state, and streamlining necessary government programs, we can reduce the tax burden on the citizens of North Carolina. Tax reduction is the catalyst for job creation and economic growth.

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Education

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Between 2008 and 2010, previous legislative leadership cut state education spending by more than $1 billion. I have been proud to be a part of a new approach to education funding and outcomes that reversed that trend, restoring more than $1.2 billion in spending over the last four years. We “unthawed” the teacher pay scales frozen by previous administrations, and have raised teacher salaries by an average of 11 percent.

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But funding is not the whole story. The principles of limited government and individual freedom apply here as well, and I have stood strongly in support of the expansion of charter schools and Opportunity Scholarships, so that parents can have greater educational choices for their children. educational leadership in the 16th District, to be the voice and vote that is needed in Raleigh for strong education solutions.

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I have, and will continue, to listen to the parents, teachers, and educational leadership in the 16th District, to be the voice and vote that is needed in Raleigh for strong education solutions.

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Energy

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Energy is the master resource for all we produce. Whether services or goods, its availability and its efficiency affect everything that is manufactured and delivered.

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Therefore when energy prices are high, it hinders our economy from reaching its full potential. Conversely, when energy prices are low, it is reflected in the ultimate cost of all we purchase. Thus we can afford to buy more products and use more services, which flows into greater economic activity and more opportunity for job creation.

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So government’s role in energy policy should be to be as little involved as possible, with its purpose only being in protecting our common environment. Such policies should be grounded in real, observed, evidential science, and not in manipulated, politicized “junk” science.

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With regard to electricity, its generation and delivery should be privatized and deregulated as much as possible, with business entities competing to deliver to consumers the most dependable service at the lowest possible cost. Government laws and bureaucrats should not dictate what energy sources or practices should be employed as though they know better than the industries that make it their livelihood on a daily basis.

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As for transportation fuels, consumers and businesses also know what types of vehicles and forms of energy suit their needs the best. Government’s involvement should only be to the extent that it levies taxes and fees on their use as minimally as possible, so as to responsibly maintain and grow the transportation network that we all share and depend upon.

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Environment

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We all depend on clean air, water and surroundings for our health and our common good. It is up to individuals and businesses to dispose of their waste responsibly so as to not harm or negatively impact our neighbors, their property, or the value of it. Polluting our ground, air and water falls under this responsibility, and those who fail to meet reasonable standards for our shared environment should be held accountable.

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That said, care of the environment is often an excuse by those who would infringe upon – and yes, even take away – our private property rights, which are essential to our freedoms of life, liberty and pursuit of happiness. If we cannot own and use our property, without fear that irrational and intrusive outsiders can usurp it easily with the aid of an overreaching government, then our rights are meaningless.

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Government’s proper role in protection of the environment is exactly that: preventing abuses that reach beyond private activity to harm others, diminish property values and affect public areas. Environmental laws should protect our citizens, but should not burden private citizens and businesses with onerous regulations and compliance requirements that accomplish nothing.

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With regard to electricity, its generation and delivery should be privatized and deregulated as much as possible, with business entities competing to deliver to consumers the most dependable service at the lowest possible cost. Government laws and bureaucrats should not dictate what energy sources or practices should be employed as though they know better than the industries that make it their livelihood on a daily basis.

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As for transportation fuels, consumers and businesses also know what types of vehicles and forms of energy suit their needs the best. Government’s involvement should only be to the extent that it levies taxes and fees on their use as minimally as possible, so as to responsibly maintain and grow the transportation network that we all share and depend upon.

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Values

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As an individual, and a representative of the people, I have and will continue to stand for marriage as defined between one man and one woman. I humbly respect the opinion of others, but it must be understood that standing for traditional marriage is not discriminatory towards individuals, as all citizens of North Carolina have the equal right to marry as defined by the people of our state.

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We must have a clear understanding of the issue at hand and distinguish from one’s individual actions involving their personal lives from the individual actions of citizens involving their civil government. People, through their civil governments, have the right to establish laws that reflect morality. Civil governments have laws against murder, rape, and other actions that individual citizens deem as immoral. This right to establish laws that reflect morality includes the ability to have laws supporting the traditional view of marriage, as well as, opposing traditional marriage as other states in our nation have enacted.

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Over 60% of North Carolina voters established the fact that they believe in protecting the institution of the family by laws that provide the greatest opportunity for the family unit to prosper. With a State and a Nation that is built upon individual liberty and the associated individual responsibility that comes along with those freedoms from centralized governmental control, I personally believe that the institution of the family is a cornerstone of our society and must be protected. For our Federal Court system to take action that negates the voice of a strong majority of North Carolina voters is a tragedy. Above all the short and long term consequences of turning away from the institution of marriage between one man and one woman, my heart grieves most for those children who may miss the opportunity to be raised by an adoptive mother and father and instead be adopted into same-sex households.

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As your elected representative, it is my desire to be transparent regarding where I stand on the issues and how I will use your voice and your vote if allowed to continue to fight in Raleigh on your behalf. It is my hope that the voice of the people will rise up and cause our State and Nation to return to the very founding principles that once made it great. With your support, I am ready to help return us to prosperity.

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Our State Constitution establishes the truth that our rights are God given. No President, no Governor, no State, no individual grants us our rights; only God. As a Nation and as a State, we cannot acknowledge the One who grants our rights and deny His role in our government. In this great nation we have the freedom of religion, which I will honor to the highest degree, but in no way will I refrain from standing for my Lord Jesus Christ. You have that same freedom, no matter what religion you practice.

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It is important to understand that we have the “freedom of religion” but that fact does not imply that we have to be “free from religion”. I am so thankful that I live in a country where I can profess my Savior and I can stand for those principles that I hold dear. Though I am far from perfect, my integrity, character, and strength are founded in God’s Word.

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As a result, I believe that life begins at conception and I will fight for the rights of the unborn. I believe in the Biblical view of marriage between only a man and a woman. I believe in the Church’s role in compassion and the government’s separation from such.

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This is who I am. I respect the differing views of others, but I must be truthful about my values. I have never known greater peace than knowing Christ, and I hope that others have or will soon find that peace.

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Illegal Immigration

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Protection of our nation from outside intruders who enter and/or stay illegally is primarily the responsibility of the federal government, but unfortunately Congress, the executive branch and the judicial branch have failed to uphold our laws.

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As a result it has become necessary for North Carolina lawmakers to employ as many means at their disposal to protect citizens, their jobs, and the usurpation of public resources that are in place for the use and assistance of our people. These measures have included the prohibition of local governments to adopt “sanctuary” ordinances, which attempt to shield foreign nationals from federal immigration enforcement efforts. They also require state agencies and local governments to abide by federal law and utilize the E-Verify system to determine legal work status for prospective employees, and restrict the use of non-official forms of valid ID by non-citizens.

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Too many foreign nationals who are in the United States illegally are taking away jobs that are badly needed by our own citizens. More importantly, many such illegal immigrants do not respect our laws and indeed, some are here to intentionally, maliciously do us physical harm. Our law enforcement must be empowered to work with federal agencies, under the law, to do everything they can to protect us from external threats.

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Term Limits

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Legislators at all levels of government need to respect the office they hold. One major form of disrespect is making a career out of an elected position. Despite being elected by the people, it is widely known that incumbent legislators hold a major advantage over other candidates during an election. A majority of the time, it takes a candidate of the people numerous runs and years of weakening to gain the required ground to take back a seat from a career politician. Due to this truth and out of respect of the seat, I personally commit to a limit on my term if elected to the State House.

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Pledge: “I, Chris Millis, if elected to the State House to represent the 16th District, pledge that I will hold that seat for no more than 4 terms or 8 years. Upon which I will return the seat back to the citizens of the 16th District for the promotion of new ideas, accountability, and respect for the office.”

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It is imperative, to the protection of our sovereignty and the promotion of limited government, to support candidates for office who pledge to a limit on their term and who support legislation for term limits. Term limits is not an attack on good, effective legislators, but a promotion of better government. Term limits will level the playing field for good leadership to emerge, and allow a rotation of individuals within the legislator who are in touch with the people and not entrenched into a political vacuum. We truly need patriots and not politicians.

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