Current Actions

  • Tell the N.C. General Assembly to stop upcoming tax cuts!

    Stopping the tax cuts scheduled to go into effect on Jan. 1, 2019, in North Carolina would provide $900 million each year to improve access to early childhood programs, address the affordable housing crisis and provide health care services to hundreds of thousands and much more. It would also work toward making sure that our tax code isn’t upside down, benefiting the wealthy and profitable corporations, while asking more from middle- and low-income taxpayers.

    Take action today and tell your lawmakers to choose people over tax cuts! 

  • NC House Members Must Commit to Protect NC Taxpayers & Communities

    The federal tax overhaul passed by Congress will give tax breaks to the rich and profitable corporations while growing the federal deficit and raising taxes on many North Carolinians. 

    The entire North Carolina delegation must pledge to protect North Carolina families and communities from the damaging effect of this legislation in the next year. 

    Not only will the overhaul raise the tax load for many middle- and low-income North Carolinians, Congressional leadership and President Trump have suggested they will also move to cut critical programs that meet needs across our state.

    TAKE ACTION TODAY! Ask your U.S. Representative to ensure the tax bill is revisited quickly and cuts to critical programs are not made in 2018.

  • Tell your representative: Keep supporting an economy for all!

    On Tuesday December 19th, the U.S. Congress stayed late into the night to pass their harmful tax plan. This plan is nothing but an expensive giveaway to millionaires and major corporations that offers little to most families and actually hurts many. It will cut millions of American's health care, raise premiums for others, and increase our nation's deficit. And in the next step, lawmakers will use all of these harmful outcomes to justify making dangerous cuts which will further hurt working families. 

    North Carolina has already seen what happens when lawmakers make reckless tax cuts. Our state is now struggling to meet even the basic needs of our growing population. The federal funding cuts we're about to suffer - funds that our state lawmakers took for granted in their final budget - should make our leaders cancel further scheduled tax cuts. 

    Tell Senators Burr and Tillis today: We cannot afford another round of tax cuts for the wealthy when we're already struggling to create an economy that works for all. Our Senators must pledge not to cut critical programs in 2018.

  • Tell your representative: NO MORE tax cuts for the rich!

     Over the weekend, the Senate passed a tax bill that would harm millions of low- and middle-income Americans. The House and Senate are now negotiating over how to fast-track this bill to the President, a bill that would:

    • Deliver the greatest share of the tax cut to the rich and profitable corporations. The richest 1 percent of taxpayers in North Carolina would receive more than 25 percent of the tax cut. 
    • Increase the tax load for middle income taxpayers. Overall, 13 percent of North Carolina taxpayers would see their tax load increase under the Senate proposal.
    • Grow the deficit.  This bill would add an additional $1.5 trillion over the next 10 years.

    The House is now considering whether to pass the Senate bill as-is or to merge it with the House's version and vote again before it goes to the President. The only good resolution for North Carolinians is that they reject every current option and come back in the new year to pursue principled tax reform that helps all families, not just wealthy ones.

    The Senate plan puts forward the wrong priorities that will hurt our state and our economy.  Here are three ways  this tax plan falls short of what is needed to truly strengthen the middle class and grow a stronger economy:

    • The Senate tax plan repeals the individual mandate, which will cut health insurance for at least 13 million Americans. Lawmakers are cutting health care coverage for millions to pay for permanent corporate tax cuts.
    • The Senate tax plan will force the provisions that support middle income taxpayers—the increased standard deduction, child tax credit increase and lower individual tax rate—to expire after eight years.

    • Just one in three children's families would receive an increase in the Child Tax Credit under the Senate plan.  Meanwhile, the Senate plan would deeply cut the estate tax, which means the wealthy get to keep more of their inheritance while children from working families get less.

    Tell your U.S. Representative to vote NO on any bill that hands out huge tax cuts to the wealthy while hurting working families and growing the deficit. 

  • Your voice is needed now in the debate over our country’s priorities

    Use your voice to force the Senate to slow down and reject an approach to federal taxes that would:

    • Deliver the greatest share of the tax cut to the rich and profitable corporations:  The richest 1 percent of taxpayers in North Carolina would receive more than 25 percent of the tax cut. 
    • Increase the tax load for middle income taxpayers:  Overall, 13 percent of North Carolina taxpayers would see their tax load increase under the Senate proposal.
    • Grow the deficit:  An additional $1.5 trillion would be added to the deficit over the next decade.

    The Senate plan puts forward the wrong priorities that will hurt our state and our economy.  Here are three ways  this tax plan falls short of what is needed to truly strengthen the middle class and grow a stronger economy:

    • The Senate tax plan repeals the individual mandate, which will result in an increase in the number of uninsured by at least 13 million Americans and the destabilization of the health care market for everyone.  Cutting health care coverage for millions is being done to pay for making permanent corporate income tax rate cuts.
    • The Senate tax plan makes the corporate income tax rate cuts permanent while allowing the provisions attempting to target the middle income taxpayers—the increased standard deduction, child tax credit increase and lower individual tax rate—to expire after eight years.
    • Just one in three children in working families would receive a token increase in the Child Tax Credit under the Senate plan.  Meanwhile, the Senate plan would put in place deep cuts to the estate tax, a tax cut on business “pass-through” income and a corporate rate reduction.

    This Thanksgiving recess, tell your Senator that this plan will hurt your community and ask for their opposition to the bill.

  • TAKE ACTION: Tell Congress TODAY You DO NOT Support Tax Cuts for the Wealthy

    President Trump and Republican Congressional leaders have unveiled a tax plan that aims to help the wealthiest 1 percent.

    You MUST make your voice heard today as the House is voting on a tax bill that will hurt millions of Americans, just to help the wealthy few.

    There are many reasons why the Trump-GOP tax plan is bad for our nation and our state, but here are the three biggest ones, based on recent analysis from the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy.

    1.    The richest 1 percent in North Carolina would receive 57.6 percent of all the tax breaks, while 1 in 10 taxpayers would see their tax load increase under this regressive shift.

    2.    This tax overhaul would put at risk essential services like Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security and education. This plan would reduce the government’s revenue by $233 billion in 2018 alone.

    3.    In no state is the “middle class” the focus of any benefits, and North Carolina families who itemize their deductions (rather than claiming the standard deduction) may pay higher taxes because the framework repeals most itemized deductions, including the deduction for state and local taxes.

    We need you to take a minute today and tell your Representatives that you DO NOT support a tax bill that just helps the wealthy!

  • Take the pledge. Join the fight against permanent tax giveaways for millionaires.

    On Aug. 18, our state lawmakers will return to discuss constitutional amendments, and that may include the income tax cap. Lawmakers have tried before to permanently cap the personal income tax rate at 5.5 percent, even though that would cost North Carolina $2 billion a year in critical funding for schools, public health, and infrastructure.

    We cannot let this amendment pass. It would be disastrous not just in the short term, but for generations to come. This amendment would make tax giveaways to millionaires permanent, almost guarantee a sales tax increase, and critically underfund everything in our state that builds thriving communities. Instead of an economy that works for all, this amendment would enforce an economy that works for the elite few.

    Please join us in our fight to stop efforts to lock in tax giveaways to millionaires. Make the pledge to make your voice heard. 

  • Take the pledge. Join the fight against permanent tax giveaways for millionaires.

    On Aug. 18, our state lawmakers will return to discuss constitutional amendments, and that may include the income tax cap. Lawmakers have tried before to permanently cap the personal income tax rate at 5.5 percent, even though that would cost North Carolina $2 billion a year in critical funding for schools, public health, and infrastructure.

    We cannot let this amendment pass. It would be disastrous not just in the short term, but for generations to come. This amendment would make tax giveaways to millionaires permanent, almost guarantee a sales tax increase, and critically underfund everything in our state that builds thriving communities. Instead of an economy that works for all, this amendment would enforce an economy that works for the elite few.

    Please join us in our fight to stop efforts to lock in tax giveaways to millionaires. Make the pledge to make your voice heard. 

  • Don’t Make Tax Giveaways to the Powerful Permanent

    In another last-minute consideration of a major policy change, the House will take up a bill that would amend the state Constitution to permanently freeze income tax rates at 5.5 percent. Lawmakers have already proven that they can cut income taxes without changing the state Constitution -- they have been doing it since 2013.

    Having the maximum rate for income taxes set in the state Constitution limits the tools future policymakers will have to meet the needs of a growing state; to make up the funding difference from the likely federal cost shift that is proposed on Medicaid, food assistance and other key services; or to address unexpected natural disasters or major economic disruptions.

    This constitutional amendment is essentially a permanent annual giveaway to millionaires that will likely just shift the tax load even more onto middle- and working-class families. It will lock in the tax cuts since 2013 that have primarily benefited the wealthiest taxpayers at the expense of everyone else. Contact your House member now to tell them to vote NO on Senate Bill 75.

  • Tell your lawmakers - Vote NO on this inadequate budget

    State lawmakers have released their final budget, and it's a mess. It cuts legal assistance for low-income residents, fails to adequately fund K-12 classroom teachers, and depends on now-uncertain federal funding to meet North Carolina's needs. 

    Overall, this budget fails to truly reflect our state's priorities, like healthy, thriving communities and shared economic prosperity. Instead, state leaders are digging in their heels with their failed tax experiment. 

    Tell your lawmaker today: vote NO on this unworthy budget and fight for one that reflects North Carolina's needs. 

  • Take Action! Tell NC legislative leaders to stop tax cuts, invest to thrive

    Tell NC House & Senate Conference Chairs to Stop Tax Cuts, Invest to Thrive

    In the upcoming week, lawmakers on the Conference Committee on the Budget will decide on the priorities for our state over the next two years.  In light of the needs in our growing state and the uncertainty created by President Trump’s proposed federal budget, our lawmakers’ choices will have a huge impact on our daily lives.

    It is time to make your voice heard.

    The House and Senate’s budget proposals are different in important ways. But they share a common missed opportunity to focus on public investments that can make NC thrive. Instead, both proposals continue to cut taxes, after years of tax cuts that have primarily benefited the wealthy.

    Tell the House and Senate Conference Chairs to stop cutting taxes and start investing for our future.

    Right now, both proposals lack these actions that are important to strengthening our economy in the long-term:

    • Investing in smaller class sizes so that children can learn without losing important educational opportunities or seeing cuts in other areas of the classroom;
    • Fully funding pre-Kindergarten for every eligible 4-year-old in the state;
    • Allocating increased state dollars to develop affordable housing; and
    • Adequately funding the rebuilding effort in NC after Hurricane Matthew in the face of unmet needs.

    We could meet these priorities and others if policymakers simply agreed to stop cutting taxes and committed to building a stronger foundation for families in the face of federal uncertainty. 

    Tell the Budget Conference Chairs to commit to building thriving communities.

    IN THE EMAIL MESSAGE BELOW PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT YOU HAVE INSERTED YOUR PRIORITIES FOR YOUR COMMUNITY, OR ADAPTED THE EMAIL MESSAGE TO MAKE YOUR MESSAGE THAT MORE TAX CUTS WON’T HELP US BUILD THRIVING COMMUNITIES.

  • Take Action! Tell your lawmakers to reject President Trump’s budget and actually help working Americans

    President Trump released his proposed budget this week, which will cut $2.5 trillion from vital programs. It slashes nutrition, health care, and other important assistance that helps millions of struggling, elderly, and disabled North Carolinians meet basic living standards while giving new tax breaks to the wealthy and powerful.

    Tell your legislators to reject President Trump’s budget and urge them to craft a budget that actually protects Medicaid, SNAP, and other important programs that help people across North Carolina.

    The President’s budget stands in stark contrast to the commitments he made during his campaign to help those left behind by today’s economy.

    Our lawmakers must step up and fight for North Carolinians and all Americans by crafting a budget that actually serves and promotes the welfare of all its people – and ensuring the President does not:

    • Slash the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps) by $193 billion over 10 years, targeting the elderly, working families, and workers struggling to find a job – and shifting the cost of more than $100 billion of SNAP benefits to states.
    • Cut $600 billion from Medicaid over ten years – on top of the already-massive cuts in Medicaid and subsidies for private coverage included in ACHA, which President Trump supports and incorporates into his budget.
    • Cut disability programs by $72 billion, including Social Security Disability Insurance, for workers with disabilities and their families; and Supplemental Security Income, which provides income assistance to poor individuals, including children, with disabilities – breaking the President’s promise not to cut Social Security.
    • Deeply cut investments that expand opportunity and spur long-term economic growth, from job training to education to scientific research. The budget would cut funding for this part of the budget by $54 billion in 2018 alone. 

    All of these cuts would shift massive costs to North Carolina at a time when our state is already struggling to meet needs for education, our opioid crisis, affordable housing, and other services that stabilize and support the economy.

  • TAKE ACTION: Sign this letter to ensure Eastern NC gets what it needs to rebuild

     We need your voice in the state budget debate to ensure funding for the recovery and rebuilding in Eastern NC after Hurricane Matthew.

    The North Carolina General Assembly is poised to finish the state budget in the next three weeks. The Senate budget plan has allocated at most just $150 million to unspecified rebuilding activities.  The estimated unmet need is at least $2.8 billion.

    House members must include a greater commitment to Eastern NC in their proposal.  They can afford to do so by holding the tax rates at current levels and not cutting taxes further.  They can also access the more than $1 billion in the Rainy Day Fund for the purpose of rebuilding the region stronger.

    The federal government has already given North Carolina’s leaders notice that they will fund just $6.1 million in Hurricane rebuilding efforts.  This is just one percent of our request.

    Please add your name to this letter with other elected leaders from local governments across Eastern NC to urge the House to act.

  • Take Action! Tell your lawmakers to prioritize post-Hurricane Matthew rebuilding

    Just a few hours after the Senate released its budget, the Governor announced that the federal government would provide only $6.1 million to the state to rebuild post-Hurricane Matthew. Estimated damage from the storm that hit Eastern North Carolina in October 2016 is $2.8 billion.

    The Senate provides just $150 million in state dollars for the Hurricane rebuilding effort.

    Tell your legislators to make sure that the state budget prioritizes rebuilding post-Hurricane, and anticipates other federal losses in funding.

    Rather than prioritize tax cuts for the wealthy and profitable corporations, North Carolina’s leaders must prepare for federal funding cuts and meet needs in communities that are trying to rebuild from natural disasters today. Far too many families and workers are still displaced from their homes, schools, and jobs.

    Ask your Senator or Representative to vote NO on a budget that includes another round of tax cuts, and urge them to craft a budget that commits state resources to shared priorities: rebuilding after Hurricane Matthew, affordable housing, additional pre-K opportunities and environmental protection, to name just a few. 

  • Take Action: Tell your lawmakers not to blow a hole in North Carolina’s budget!

    Senate Bill 325 is a costly tax plan proposal that will cut $1 billion in state revenue every year. That loss comes on top of the nearly $2 billion loss we’ve suffered thanks to the past few years of tax cuts that have primarily benefited the wealthy and powerful. 

    And now the General Assembly’s Fiscal Research Division estimates that the Senate tax plan would create a hole in the state budget to the tune of nearly $600 million a year by 2020.

    Tell your lawmaker: We can’t afford a budget shortfall that will likely mean state funding cuts to public schools, healthcare services, environmental protection and other crucial areas. 

    Supporters of the Senate tax plan are more than willing to give more tax cuts to the already well-off and profitable corporations at the expense of public investments that promote shared prosperity. This is state leaders’ brand of tax reform, which won’t end well for the majority of North Carolinians. 

    You can read our full report on Senate Bill 325 here, but here’s a summary what it will do:

    • Another $1 billion revenue loss makes it impossible to pay for what we need

    • Eighty percent of the  tax cuts since 2013 will have gone to the top 20 percent of taxpayers

    • Sixty percent of taxpayers in the bottom 20 percent of taxpayers receive no tax cut

    • Rural communities will continue to be hurt by this proposal

    Tell your lawmakers not to pass more tax cuts that will blow a hole in North Carolina’s budget!

  • TAKE ACTION! Tell your lawmakers to rebuild Eastern NC

     The North Carolina Senate Finance Committee approved Senate Bill 325, which will cut $1 billion in state revenue every year. That loss comes on top of the nearly $2 billion loss we’ve suffered thanks to the last few years of tax cuts that have primarily benefited the wealthy and powerful.

    Now is not the time to cut taxes when we need to rebuild Eastern NC stronger after the devastation of Hurricane Matthew.

    We need a state level commitment of resources to rebuild housing, support small businesses and workers, provide for services, and implement a long-term vision for a thriving Eastern North Carolina.  Here are just a few of the pressing needs and long-term investments to help Eastern NC weather future natural disasters and strengthen their economy.

    • Build affordable housing for displaced low-income renters and homeowners
    • Purchase land from low-income homeowners living in low-lying areas
    • Strengthen water infrastructure, monitoring and protections
    • Provide low-cost loans to small business owners unable to access SBA products
    • Make programming available to children affected by the Hurricane such as additional opportunities to address summer learning loss and increased services to address trauma

    You can read our full report on Senate Bill 325 here. But here are the topline points about what it will do:

    • Another $1 billion revenue loss makes it impossible to budget adequately
    • Eighty percent of the net tax cut since 2013 will have gone to the top 20 percent of taxpayers
    • Sixty percent of taxpayers in the bottom 20 percent of taxpayers receive no tax cut
    • Rural communities will continue to be hurt by the Senate tax cut proposal

    Tell your Senator to vote no on Senate Bill 325. And let your House member know that passing more tax cuts while we have unanticipated and pressing needs in Eastern NC is not responsible.

  • TAKE ACTION! Tell the General Assembly to reject a dangerous constitutional amendment

    The North Carolina Senate has approved a constitutional amendment proposal that would seriously limit our state's ability to build thriving communities. This bill has already moved to the House but has not been scheduled in committee yet. 

    We must make sure House members don’t move this bill forward. TAKE ACTION NOW! 

    SB75 would change the state constitution to permanently freeze income tax rates in North Carolina. In order to keep funding vital public services, lawmakers will likely raise the sales tax or fees, which will eat into middle class families’ paychecks and financially strand those who are struggling to get by.

    This constitutional amendment is essentially a giveaway to millionaires that will just keep in place the heavy tax load carried by middle- and working-class families. The income tax cuts the policymakers have passed since 2013 gave the wealthy the biggest breaks, at the expense of the rest of the state. Now that they are fully phased in as of January 1, those income tax cuts will reduce annual revenue by $2 billion.

    This flawed legislative proposal to change the state Constitution cannot pass.

    Under this constitutional amendment scheme, lawmakers would continue to underfund schools, roads, public health and parks. They would also likely have to:

    • Push greater responsibility to local governments for funding public schools and teachers, or raising property taxes
    • Raise the sales tax to offset the lost revenue
    • Eliminate income tax deductions that working-class , middle-class and fixed income North Carolina families currently receive

    We elect our legislators to make North Carolina a stronger state – not to lock in tax giveaways to millionaires. Tell your Representative not to amend our state constitution to benefit the powerful at the expense of the rest of us.

  • TAKE ACTION! Tell lawmakers to reject an income tax cap

    The North Carolina General Assembly has proposed a constitutional amendment that would seriously limit our state's ability to build thriving communities. Your lawmakers need to hear from you today that this is the wrong choice for North Carolina, today and in the future. 

    Sign this petition today telling your lawmaker not to amend our state constitution to benefit the powerful at the expense of the rest of us.

  • I Pledge to Vote

    The issues we care about are decided by the people who will be elected in November. You can make a difference! Join us in standing up for fair policies that support all North Carolinians.

  • SIGN THE PETITION

    Sign our petition today in opposition to Senate Bill 817, Senate Bill 607 or any other TABOR-type legislation that reduces accountability and makes it impossible for North Carolina policymakers to take care of our state's priorities.

  • SIGN THE PETITION

    The NC Senate has approved putting arbitrary formulas and restrictions into our State Constitution that would make it impossible for lawmakers to respond to the priorities of North Carolinians for quality schools, healthy communities, and vibrant main streets.

    Sign our petition today in opposition to Senate Bill 607 or any other TABOR-type legislation that reduces accountability and makes it impossible for North Carolina policymakers to take care of our state's priorities.