They are: Jon Byers, Arden; Britton Correll, Waxhaw; Ginny Godfrey, Morganton; Kevin Innes, Morganton; Brian Irving, Cary; Jason Melehani
, Durham; BjÃ¸rn Pedersen, Chapel Hill, and; Erik Raudsep, Durham.
â€œThe threat technological advancements pose to job security has been used as justification for stifling advancements for centuries,â€ said Jason Melehani
â€œImagine all the jobs we could create if we banned electronic printing of books or banned computers from automating manufacturing processes.â€
â€œThese obviously are backwards ideas,â€ he
said. â€œThe ban on direct auto sales in SB 327 (Clarify Motor Vehicle Licensing Law) is backwards as well.â€
Melehani is also an at-large member of the state Libertarian Party executive committee.
He is a student in the combined MD/PhD program at UNC Chapel Hill School of Medicine.
Last week, the state Senate unanimously approved the bill which would ban direct auto sales to consumers by companies like Tesla Motors under the premise that it threatened the jobs of thousands who work at auto dealerships.
â€œI suspect the North Carolina Auto Dealership Association
played a major role in bringing both parties together to pass this protectionist legislation,â€ Melehani said.
said that if enacted into law the bill will stifle innovation and hurt consumers by preventing competition and thus increasing cost.
â€œThe NC Senate clearly lacks an understanding of opportunity costs,â€ he
explained â€œWhen consumers are forced to pay more for a good, they ultimately can afford less of that good and others too.â€
Melehani recounted a famous story told about noted economist Milton Friedman.