Current Actions

  • 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 shift away from system that grades school performance based on poverty

    The NC House introduced a new bill this week that addresses school performance in a way that will improve what up until now has been a deeply flawed system.

    House Bill 322 would increase the weight of growth in proficiency to 50% of school grades, which would be an improvement in what's known as the A-F model — one that overall undervalues student learning and growth. Currently schools are assigned A-F grades based primarily on raw student test scores (counting for 80% of the grade), which has led school grades to be correlated overwhelmingly with poverty rates.

    Low- income schools inherently do worse on this measure because they educate larger proportions of at-risk students, students with disabilities, and children who trail behind their more affluent peers before they have ever set foot in a classroom. By failing to adequately consider growth in student learning, the A-F grading system assigns these schools with D or F grades that function as a scarlet letter, harming the morale of students and staff in schools that are making gains in student learning but serve more disadvantaged populations.

    While there are problems with the A-F model and a more diverse range of school of performance indicators would be preferable, focusing on student growth is a big step forward in grading schools fairly.

    TAKE ACTION! Contact your lawmakers today and ask them to support HB 322 and improve the A-F school grading system!

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

    This week the North Carolina Senate Finance and Rules Committees approved a constitutional amendment proposal that would seriously limit our state's ability to build thriving communities. This bill is moving quickly to a vote on the floor. 

    This proposal to change our Constitution should not be passed.  TAKE ACTION NOW! Senate Bill 75 will be voted on the floor on March 14. 

    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 lawmaker 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 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. 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.

  • TAKE ACTION: Tell state lawmakers to protect Medicaid from Congress’ Chopping Block!

    In the coming days and weeks, Congress will unveil a proposal to slash billions of dollars in federal funding for Medicaid through a per capita cap or block grant.

    Radically restructuring Medicaid, which has a 52-year track record of success, would leave North Carolina without the financial resources for our state budget needs. Even worse, Medicaid cuts put North Carolina’s most vulnerable—children, people with disabilities and complex health care needs, and seniors in nursing homes—at risk.

    Tell state lawmakers at the General Assembly to stand up and protect North Carolina from draconian cuts to the Medicaid program by Congress. Don’t let Congress ration health care for our most vulnerable!

  • TAKE ACTION: Tell state lawmakers to protect Medicaid from Congress’ Chopping Block!

    In the coming days and weeks, Congress will unveil a proposal to slash billions of dollars in federal funding for Medicaid through a per capita cap or block grant.

    Radically restructuring Medicaid, which has a 52-year track record of success, would leave North Carolina without the financial resources for our state budget needs. Even worse, Medicaid cuts put North Carolina’s most vulnerable—children, people with disabilities and complex health care needs, and seniors in nursing homes—at risk.

    Tell state lawmakers at the General Assembly to stand up and protect North Carolina from draconian cuts to the Medicaid program by Congress. Don’t let Congress ration health care for our most vulnerable!

  • TAKE ACTION! Thank Representatives Adams, Butterfield & Price for their support of the FAMILY Act!

    Last week, the FAMILY Act was reintroduced in Congress with support from three of our 13 North Carolina Congressional members: Rep. Alma Adams, Rep. G.K. Butterfield, and Rep. David Price.

    The FAMILY Act would establish a Family Medical Leave Insurance program that would provide working people with paid family medical leave to recover from childbirth or illness, care for an aging loved one or welcome a newborn or adopted child to the home.

    This policy would allow working Americans to be able to choose to be with their families when it matters most. Currently only 12% of working people in the U.S. have access to this type of leave, which means they are often left to choose between a paycheck or taking care of themselves and their families.

    We salute Representatives Adams, Butterfield, and Price for standing up for the working people of North Carolina. Will you join us in thanking them with a personal note? Take action below!

  • TAKE ACTION! Tell NC Lawmakers: Don’t Block Medicaid Expansion!

    On Friday, January 6, Governor Roy Cooper notified the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services of his plan to join 31 states and the District of Columbia to close the Coverage Gap.

    For over three years conservative lawmakers have blocked efforts to ensure that all North Carolina residents who make too little for Marketplace coverage but too much for Medicaid coverage have access to coverage to get the health care they need when they need it.

    For each year that lawmakers failed to close the Coverage Gap, the state:

    • Missed out on $2 billion in federal funds,
    • Further strained the budgets of rural hospitals, and
    • Jeopardized the financial security of nearly 15,000 North Carolina families facing catastrophic medical bills.

    In addition to providing economic benefits, closing the Coverage Gap would prevent 1,000 unnecessary deaths annually, help 12,000 veterans receive care, and connect 144,000 North Carolinians to services for untreated behavioral health and substance use disorders.

    More importantly, most North Carolinians support plans to fix the health insurance gap. A poll conducted last year shows that both Democrats and Republicans support efforts to expand Medicaid. Overall, 72 percent of respondents wanted a plan to “fix the health insurance gap.”

    TAKE ACTION! Tell House Speaker Tim Moore and Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger not to block efforts to close the coverage gap for 500,000 Tar Heels and create over 40,000 jobs throughout the state.

  • SIGN YOUR NAME: Tell Congress - Don’t vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act without a replacement plan!

    Over 600,000 North Carolinians enrolled in life-saving health insurance coverage through the Affordable Care Act’s Marketplace last year, and another 300,000+ uninsured state residents could still qualify for coverage through Medicaid as called for by the law. Nationwide, more than 20 million people have gained health insurance coverage thanks to the ACA.

    President-elect Donald Trump and conservative leaders in Congress have vowed to immediately repeal the ACA when they convene in late January. Even worse, they plan to repeal the law without voting on a replacement plan.

    Repealing the law without a plan to provide coverage will jeopardize the health, financial security, and overall well-being of millions of Americans, especially people living with pre-existing health conditions, resulting in nearly 30 million Americans losing coverage. What’s more, a repeal-without-replace vote would send the health care system into chaos.

    Tell Congress: NO REPEAL WITHOUT REPLACE! Don’t vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act without coming up with a replacement plan that provides continued access to quality, affordable coverage for North Carolinians.

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    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.

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  • SIGN THE PETITION! Tell NCGA that cuts to unemployment insurance have hurt NC families and communities

    After the changes enacted in 2013, North Carolina’s unemployment insurance is providing too little for too short a period to too few of North Carolina’s jobless workers.

    • TOO LITTLE: North Carolina ranks 46th in the nation in its average weekly benefit amount of $233 which monthly would leave a North Carolina family with one adult, one child more than $1,800 short in meeting their basic needs.
    • TOO SHORT: North Carolina ranks last for its average duration of unemployment insurance of just 11 weeks. It is the only state to allow a maximum of just 13 weeks for all jobless workers.
    • TOO FEW: North Carolina ranks last for the number of jobless workers who receive unemployment insurance. Just 11 percent of jobless North Carolinians receive unemployment insurance.

    Tell the North Carolina General Assembly that they must rebalance the unemployment insurance system so that it supports families and communities with too few jobs to ensure that all can work.

    SIGN THE PETITION TODAY!

  • 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.