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North Carolina Legislator Profile: Rep. Holly Grange (R-New Hanover)

Rep. Holly Grange is a rising star in the Republican Party and was quickly made Deputy Conference Leader by her Republican cohorts. Grange’s stardom is not surprising, she has been a reliable vote for leadership’s agenda since being appointed by McCrory.

Grange is also a reliable vote for laws that benefit out of state corporations. She prioritized tax breaks for corporations over raising teacher pay to the national average. Meanwhile, classroom spending remains below pre-recession levels with teachers spending thousands out of pocket on necessary supplies not covered by state budgets. More than half of those same teachers are forced to work a second job to make ends meet as teacher pay remains nearly $10,000 below the national average.

Grange’s votes aren’t just harmful in our classrooms. She voted to dismantle health care coverage for people with pre-existing conditions while North Carolinians face some of the most expensive health care in the nation.

While dismantling health care and cutting funding for public schools, Grange gave Chemours lobbyists pet provisions in the 2018 budget even after chairing the committee tasked with handling the GenX crisis and protecting rivers from future problems. Instead of helping the people of New Hanover county clean up GenX, Grange sided with corporations while people’s water bills increased.

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Grange let New Hanover residents pay more for water and failed to clean up GenX, instead giving Chemours lobbyists pet provisions in the 2018 budget.

  • GenX, a chemical compound discharged into the Cape Fear River with unknown health risks, showed high levels in Wilmington after a study by an NC State professor.
  • Grange voted to cut funding for DEQ just days after news of the GenX spill broke and later voted to tie minimal funding for the crisis to other environmental protection rollbacks.
  • Grange allowed Chemours lobbyists to write key 2018 budget provisions dealing with GenX and other contaminants.
  • Rates have gone up for CFPUA customers.

Grange voted to dismantle coverage for pre-existing conditions through a loophole in a bill.

  • Grange voted for the Senate version of H933 that critics warned would open the door for health insurance that would discriminate against those with pre-existing health conditions, offer skimpy benefits, and come with few or no consumer protections.
  • North Carolina has the third most expensive health care in the US, according to a 2017 study.

Grange voted to keep classroom spending below pre-recession levels, instead prioritizing tax breaks for big corporations.

  • The 2017 Republican Budget prioritized tax cuts for corporations over increasing per pupil spending.
  • North Carolina is ranked 39thin the nation for per pupil spending, 6.7 percent below pre-recession levels.

Since taking office, Grange voted for Republican budgets that fail to meaningfully raise teacher salaries.

  • Grange voted for a 2018 budget that was crafted behind closed doors and did not meaningfully raise teacher salaries.
  • Grange voted for the 2017 budget which gave teachers little to no raises; meanwhile, teachers spend an average of $500 to $1,000 out of pocket on classroom supplies.
  • Over half of all North Carolina teachers have a second job; the state ranks 41stin the country for average teacher pay.
  • The 2017 Republican budget did not include a stipend to aid teachers with out-of-pocket expenses.

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