Current Actions

  • Tell your Representative to vote NO on H 589!
    Solar and wind power offer huge benefits to low-income communities, but the NC Senate’s changes to H 589, Competitive Energy Solutions, would stop all of this progress. The original version of this energy bill would have allowed solar to grow in North Carolina to roughly 6,800 megawatts of installed capacity over the next four to five years, and called for new distributed generation programs that would increase access to solar power.
     
    But a Senate committee came up with a substitute version that would dramatically cut back the growth in solar. It would also put a 3.5-year moratorium on wind energy development, blocking two projects already in the approval process that are currently the two biggest sources of tax dollars for two of North Carolina’s poorest counties, as well as any new projects during that period.
     
    The Senate has approved their version of the bill and sent it back to the House to vote on the changes.
               
    North Carolina is a leader in the Southeast on renewable energy development – let’s keep it that way! Tell your Representative to vote NO on the Senate’s version of H 589!
          
  • 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.

  • Your budget vote was wrong for NC

    The final North Carolina budget has passed both the House and the Senate, and they overrode the Governor's veto. We want to make sure that our legislative leaders know we are following up on their budget vote.

    Take a moment to let the Senators and Representatives who voted for this budget that they made the wrong choice for North Carolina.

  • Thanks for your "no" vote on the budget

    The final North Carolina budget has passed both the House and the Senate, and they overrode the Governor's veto. We want to make sure that our legislative leaders know we are following up on their budget vote.

    Take a moment to let the Senators and Representatives who voted against this budget that they made the right choice for North Carolina.

  • 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! Expand Access to Certificates of Relief

    House Bill 671 Expand Certificate of Relief provides judges the discretion to reduce civil barriers to employment, housing, and other essential resources by issuing certificates of relief to significantly more individuals that are currently in need, providing relief to individuals with multiple convictions for misdemeanor and up to Class G felony offenses.

    Unlike an expunction, a certificate of relief does not obscure or change the criminal record itself—instead a certificate addresses a broad range of civil disabilities imposed by the state of North Carolina and shields employers, landlords, and other decision makers from the limited risk of negligent hiring liability, thereby making it more likely these decisions makers will hire, rent to, or otherwise grant an opportunity to a certificate holder.

    Time is short and it is crucial that the House Finance Committee schedule a hearing to consider House Bill 671 immediately. This decision will be made by the chairs of the Finance Committee, Rep. William Brawley and Rep. Jason Saine, with input from the several vice chairs of the committee.

  • TAKE ACTION! Give working dads time to care

    It’s Fathers’ Day weekend, and the 2017 long session at the General Assembly will soon wind down. But legislators have some unfinished business to take care of for North Carolina’s working families.

    The Caregiver Relief Act (HB 543/SB 463) – which would expand unpaid Family Medical Leave to include folks caring for their grandparents, grandchildren, step-relatives and in-laws – is still languishing without a vote. The House Aging Committee scheduled a hearing for the bill in the spring, but the hearing was later cancelled, and the committee has yet to take up the issue again.

    The federal Family and Medical Leave Act gives workers up to 90 days of unpaid job-protected leave to take care of sick or aging family members. However, in North Carolina the definition of “family” is too narrow, meaning that people caring for a relative outside of their immediate family can’t use Family Medical Leave to do so. For many who lack paid time off, this means they have to decide whether to continue working or be there for their relatives.

    North Carolina’s working dads should never have to choose between caring for their families and keeping their jobs.
    All working North Carolinians deserve to be able to take the time they need to care for their fathers-in-law, step-dads, uncles and grandfathers.

    TAKE ACTION! Tell the House Aging Committee to support the Caregiver Relief Act!

  • TAKE ACTION! Ask Members of the Finance Committee to Vote in Support of House Bill 671

    Many thanks to the numerous Alliance members who voiced their support for second chances and asked members of the House Judiciary II Committee to vote in support of House Bill 671 Expand Certificate of Relief. At the committee hearing, members of the committee voted unanimously in support of the bill, giving it a “favorable report.”

    Rep. John Faircloth (R-Guilford) did a wonderful job describing how significantly expanding eligibility for certificates of relief would restore employment and housing opportunities to thousands of North Carolinians striving to move beyond their criminal histories and, thereby, reduce recidivism, strengthen families, preserve state resources, and make communities across North Carolina safer and more prosperous.

    We expect the House Finance Committee to take up House Bill 671 in the next two or three weeks. While we have powerful allies in Rep. Faircloth and Commissioner David Guice, enthusiastic voter support for a bill is essential.

    Take the time TODAY to voice your support for second chances and House Bill 671 to the members of the House Finance Committee.

  • TAKE ACTION: Email Senators Tillis and Burr To Keep North Carolina Covered!

    The U.S. Senate is moving quickly on efforts that will threaten the lives and well-being of North Carolina’s most vulnerable – children, people with disabilities, low- and middle-income families, people with pre-existing conditions, and older adults.

    As the Senate continues to have closed door discussions on a health care bill that will likely align with the American Health Care Act, which the House of Representatives narrowly passed, we need you to reach out to Senator Thom Tillis and Senator Richard Burr now to demand that they protect our care and keep North Carolina covered.

    WRITE TODAY! Tell Senators and Tillis and Burr to keep North Carolina covered.

  • 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 House Judiciary II Committee to Expand Eligibility for Certificates of Relief

    House Bill 671 Expand Certificate of Relief will be before the House Judiciary II Committee on Tuesday, June 6, 2017, at 1:00 p.m. We need you to voice your support for second chances and House Bill 671 to each member of the Judiciary II Committee TODAY.

    Why This Matters: House Bill 671 Expand Certificate of Relief

    • House Bill 671 expands eligibility for certificates of relief from first-time convictions to individuals with multiple misdemeanor and/or low-level felony convictions. Put another way, this provision would expand relief to an individual who is striving to move beyond a bad period in his or her life, rather than a bad day. Many individuals in every community across our state are desperate for and deserving of such relief.
    • Established with bipartisan support in 2011, certificates of relief restore employment, housing, and educational opportunities for certificate holders by transforming automatic civil disabilities into discretionary civil disabilities. For example, a certificate of relief would allow an individual automatically barred from receiving certain occupational licenses the opportunity to go before an occupational licensing board for an individualized assessment of his or her suitability for the specific license. A certificate of relief also provides legal protections to employers, landlords, and other decision-makers that employ, house, or provide other opportunities to certificate holders. Unlike an expunction, a conviction for which the certificate is granted remains in the public record and is not erased or obscured in any way. The court of original conviction has the discretion to grant a certificate of relief to an eligible individual if it finds doing so would not pose a risk to the safety or welfare of the public or any individual.

    TAKE ACTION! Tell Lawmakers to Support Second Chances by Expanding Eligibility for Certificates of Relief: Ask members of the House Judiciary II Committee to support House Bill 621.  

  • 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: Tell Senators Tillis and Burr To Keep North Carolina Covered!

    The House of Representatives narrowly passed the American Health Care Act on May 4 on a 217-213 vote despite bipartisan opposition to the bill, which would bring back discrimination against people with pre-existing conditions, slash over $800 billion in Medicaid funding, and leave 24 million Americans uninsured.

    But this horrible bill or one like it has to pass the Senate before it gets to the President’s desk. We need you to reach out to Senator Thom Tillis and Senator Richard Burr now to demand that they protect our care and keep North Carolina covered.

  • TAKE ACTION: Tell Senators Tillis and Burr To Keep North Carolina Covered!

    The House of Representatives narrowly passed the American Health Care Act on May 4 on a 217-213 vote despite bipartisan opposition to the bill, which would bring back discrimination against people with pre-existing conditions, slash over $800 billion in Medicaid funding, and leave 24 million Americans uninsured.

    But this horrible bill or one like it has to pass the Senate before it gets to the President’s desk. We need you to reach out to Senator Thom Tillis and Senator Richard Burr now to demand that they protect our care and keep North Carolina covered.

  • 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 legislators to support paid sick days!

    Nearly everybody gets sick at some point, but more than 1.2 million North Carolinians working in the private sector don’t have access to any paid sick leave. This kind of support is critical especially for low-income working people, for whom lost wages from being sick can mean being unable to cover bills or buy groceries.

    Paid sick days are also incredibly important for working parents: on average, school-age children miss at least three days of school each year due to illness. When parents are able to care for their sick children, the children recover more quickly, are less likely to become seriously ill and have improved health overall.

    What’s more: paid sick days are good business policy. Employers who offer paid sick days to their employees report lower turnover, higher productivity and reduced illnesses in the workplace. And the cost of replacing an employee often far exceeds the cost of providing paid sick leave to an existing one.

    Tell your legislators to support paid sick days for working North Carolinians!

  • TAKE ACTION! Thank You to the Representatives that Stood Up to Keep North Carolina Covered

    On Thursday, May 4, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 217-213 to pass the American Health Care Act. This bill would jeopardize protections for 1.6 million non-elderly North Carolinians with pre-existing conditions, gut the Medicaid program that serves as a lifeline to over a million North Carolina children, and take health coverage away from over one million of our state’s residents.

    This is a horrific step backward in our nation’s history. While we can still stop this bad bill in the Senate, we need to let our representatives in the House understand the costs of passing such devastating legislation.

    While the bill just barely passed the House, four of North Carolina’s congressmen courageously stood up against this bad bill. Please join us in thanking them for taking a stand and doing right by the people of North Carolina!

  • TAKE ACTION: Tell Representatives — Your Vote for the AHCA Hurts North Carolina

    On Thursday, May 4, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 217-213 to pass the American Health Care Act. This bill would jeopardize protections for 1.6 million non-elderly North Carolinians with pre-existing conditions, gut the Medicaid program that serves as a lifeline to over a million North Carolina children, and take health coverage away from over one million of our state’s residents.

    This is a horrific step backward in our nation’s history. While we can still stop this bad bill in the Senate, we need to let our representatives in the House understand the costs of passing such devastating legislation.

    Nine of North Carolina’s 13 congressional representatives in the House voted in favor of the American Health Care Act.

    Write to them using the form below and tell them: Your Vote for the American Health Care Act Hurts North Carolina.

  • Tell your Congress member to oppose fake workplace flexibility!

    Legislation that would take money out of the hands of hardworking people like you while giving more power to employers is currently moving through Congress – and we need your help to stop it in its tracks.

    The misnamed Working Families Flexibility Act (H.R. 1180/S. 801) is touted as a proposal that would help workers by allowing them to bank overtime hours instead of receiving pay. But nothing could further from the truth: hiding below the family-friendly bill title is an outright attack on workers that would result in a pay cut without any guarantee of time off.

    Tell your members of Congress that a vote for this smoke-and-mirrors proposal is a vote against working families!

  • Urgent: Oppose the Right to Work (for less)

    Last week, the House swiftly passed the Protect NC Right to Work Constitutional Amendment (S 632/HB 819).This bill would open up the state constitution to enshrine harmful right-to-work laws, and make it harder for working people in North Carolina to fight back against bad employers by forming unions. The Senate is now the last line of defense against this extremely harmful proposal.

    What we know:

    • Right-to-work laws have been on the books in North Carolina for decades, so adding them to the state constitution is unnecessary, wastes taxpayer dollars, and moves our state in the wrong direction.
    • These laws hurt the middle class. They do not create jobs and can in fact lower wages; in states with these laws, workers make an average of $1,550 less per year.
    • Nine of the 15 states with the highest unemployment have these laws in place.

    TAKE ACTION TODAY! Please send a message to your Senator to let them know that the working people of North Carolina are counting on them to oppose this bill.

  • 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!

  • URGENT Action Alert: H409 Adjust Hiring Practices in committee April 5

    We have good news to report. House Bill 409 State Agencies/Adjust Hiring Practices was heard in the NC House State Personnel Committee on Wednesday, April 5th, and received a unanimous favorable report vote!

    HB 409 will next be heard in House Judiciary III Committee TOMORROW, TUESDAY, APRIL 11, at 11:00 a.m. in Room 421 of the Legislative Office Building. Please contact members of House Judiciary III Committee ASAP and ask them to vote for HB 409 which provides an important step to improve public safety by helping people who have made mistakes in the past find meaningful employment and live fulfilling, productive lives. 

    The bill moves the question about the criminal record of an applicant for NC State employment from the initial application until after the interview, giving the applicant a chance to meet the employer face-to-face. This offers NC State Agencies the opportunity to take full consideration of an applicant's qualifications, skills, and rehabilitation efforts, as well as information from background checks, into account before making a hiring decision.

    More than 1.5 million North Carolinians have a criminal record, making it extremely difficult to find work. HB 409 is an important step to improve public safety by helping people who have made mistakes in the past find meaningful employment and live fulfilling, productive lives. 

  • Tell your legislator to co-sponsor the Paid Sick Days Act & Caregiver Relief Act!

    This week, Senator Angela Bryant and Representative Susan Fisher introduced the Healthy Families & Workplaces/Paid Sick Days Act (SB 556/HB 544) and the Caregiver Relief Act (SB 463/HB 543). These two bills will make it easier for working North Carolinians to take care of themselves and their family members who need them.

    The Healthy Families & Workplaces/Paid Sick Days Act allows working people in our state to earn paid sick time that they can use to recover from illness, visit a doctor or care for a sick child. The Caregiver Relief Act adds grandparents, grandchildren, step-relatives, and in-laws to the list of family members working caregivers can take time off to care for using unpaid Family Medical Leave.

    These policies would be a huge boost to North Carolina’s working families, who are often forced to choose between a paycheck or taking care of themselves and their families.

    We salute Representative Fisher and Senator Bryant for standing up for the working people of North Carolina, but they can’t pass these policies without the support of their fellow lawmakers. Call on your legislators in the North Carolina House and Senate to co-sponsor these important bills!

  • 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 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!

  • 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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  • 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!

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    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.