Hugh pledges to work hard to protect the jobs of the thousands of state employees in Burke County and to see that they are a priority when the General Assembly meets to discuss funding of their compensation and other benefits. Hugh wants to help our county gain new employers that it needs, while at the same time promoting state-level policies that build up and support existing businesses and industry. In the process, Burke County's small businesses can count on Hugh to work for equitable treatment for them. He believes state taxes should be reduced to make North Carolina even more attractive as a state for business and employment growth. As a result, the state can actually gain new revenues through growth to pay our state employees fairly and fund education, roads and other infrastructure needs.