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North Carolina Legislator Profile Update: Edward Goodwin (R-Bertie, Chowan, Perquimans, Tyrell, Washington)

Goodwin’s long political career includes a failed bid for Secretary of State, 4 years as a Chowan County Commissioner, and a stint as a member of the McCrory administration. He has aligned himself with a state Republican agenda that benefits the wealthy and endorses discrimination rather than advocating for hardworking North Carolinians.

Goodwin supported the Republican agenda of cutting taxes for the wealthy at the expense of North Carolina families. For nearly a decade, Republican tax reform in North Carolina has overwhelmingly benefitted the wealthy while imposing taxes on middle- and working-class North Carolinians. Goodwin’s views follow this pattern; he has publicly endorsed repealing the estate tax which only went to the 123 richest estates in North Carolina. As a Chowan County Commissioner, Goodwin dealt with budget difficulties by making cuts to public services such as after school care, daycare, the public library, and support services for survivors of domestic violence.

Goodwin’s stance on health care will further increase its cost and decrease accessibility. Calling affordable health care measures “the government takeover of healthcare,” Goodwin has suggested North Carolina should refrain from establishing a state health insurance exchange that would lower costs for all North Carolinians. Republicans in power have refused to expand Medicaid, even when fully funded by federal money. This cost the state $15 billion in new economic activity, will cost 455 to over 1,000 lives annually, and made North Carolina’s healthcare the third most expensive in the country.

Goodwin said he believes teacher pay is “where it needs to be” and voted against increasing school budgets as a county commissioner. The Republican majority in the General Assembly ensured North Carolina remains nearly $10,000 below the national average for teacher pay. In passing the 2017 budget, Republicans failed to meaningfully fund schools. Similarly, as the chair of the Chowan County Commissioners, Goodwin recommended “holding the line” with the school reserve budget, even while the Board of Education opposed the plan.

Goodwin is a McCrory crony who briefly worked as a political appointee and later replaced a 20-year veteran of the Ferry system as its director in 2014, launching his political career after a failed bid for NC Secretary of State. Despite having no experience in the Ferry system, Goodwin earned more than his predecessor.

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Source: Charlotte Observer

I’m not asking for permission, I just want to do it, then I’ll ask for forgiveness.” – former County Commissioner Ed Goodwin on reducing debt in Chowan County using furloughs and layoffs, (YouTube, uploaded 6/28/12)

Goodwin supported the Republican agenda of cutting taxes for the wealthy at the expense of North Carolina families

  • Republican tax reform overwhelmingly benefitted the wealthy while imposing taxes on middle- and working-class North Carolinians.
  • In a survey, Goodwin endorsed reducing spending to combat budget difficulties, repealing the estate tax, which only affects estates valued in the millions, and eliminating business regulation to offer “entrepreneurs more flexibility.”
  • As a Chowan County Commissioner, Goodwin dealt with budget difficulties by making cuts to public services such as after school care, daycare, the public library, and support services for victims of domestic violence.

Goodwin’s stance on health care will further drive up costs and decrease accessibility.

  • Goodwin said he opposes “the government takeover of healthcare” and disagreed that North Carolina should implement a state health insurance exchange to comply with the Affordable Care Act.
  • Republicans in power voted against Medicaid expansion that covered 500,000 low-income North Carolinians and was fully funded by federal money for three years, costing the state $15 billion in new economic activity.
  • Refusal to expand Medicaid cost the state anywhere from 455 to over 1,000 lives annually.
  • North Carolina has the 3rd most expensive health care in the country, according to a 2017 study.

Goodwin said he believes teacher pay is where it needs to be and voted against increasing school budgets as a county commissioner.

  • Goodwin said local officials should try to meet a mandate to reduce class sizes without asking for more state funding; he also believes that teacher pay is where it needs to be.
  • Over half of all North Carolina teachers have a second job; the state ranks 41st in the country for average teacher pay.
  • The 2017 Republican budget failed to meaningfully fund schools or raise teacher salaries.
  • As the chair of the Chowan County Commissioners, Goodwin recommended “holding the line” with the school reserve budget while the Board of Education opposed.

Goodwin’s ties to former governor Pat McCrory advanced his political career.

  • Goodwin was appointed to director of the NC Ferry Division by Pat McCrory in 2014 after serving as director of the governor’s eastern regional office for less than a year.
  • Goodwin replaced a 20-year veteran of the ferry system and had no experience working with the ferry division.
  • Goodwin’s predecessor took a pay cut from $85,602 to $56,832; Goodwin was hired to make $92,029.

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