Update on reconciling NC’s House and Senate Budgets, HB 2, and status of 2 proposed changes to NC’s Constitution – more concealed weapon carry rather than less in NC, and drastic tax cuts and capping the state income taxes (TABOR).
Read more at North_Carolina_NOW_Legislative_Update_8.18_June_2016
There is a lot going on with the fallout from the law known as HB 2 continuing to batter NC, the second primary that was Jun 7, the NCGA trying to change so much during the short session, protests at the legislature, continued stonewalling of African American women for federal positions (by Senator Richard Burr), teachers in the streets! Read about some of it in the NC NOW newsletter May-June 2016.
Photo credit: Judy Lotas
The newsletter mentions to tragic mass shooting that happened at a gay nightclub at 2am on June 12, 2016, in Orlando, FL. A gunman “carried out the worst mass shooting in United States history, leaving 50 people dead and 53 wounded.” It does not include the Charleston 9 hate crime shooting that was the following week (after the newsletter was published). On Jun 18, 2016, nine people were murdered at a historic African-American Church in Charleston, South Carolina, where they were doing bible study. The victims included the female pastor and a Democratic Senator, also female. These two hate crimes happened within a week of each other, both in the Southeastern US.
Also read about how you can get involved. Note that chapter meetings are listed on front page of the newsletter.
Special treat: the Wisdom from the Internet on page 5.
Posted in clinic violence, Equal Rights Amendment, ERA, HB 2, public education, state budget issues, State interference (NC), voting, women
Tagged attacks on public education, Courts, Equal Rights Amendment, HB 2, stonewalling qualified candidate, teachers, voting, women
NC NOW is part of NC’s Cities For CEDAW (Convention for Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women) coalition. The coalition meets monthly in Raleigh. Read more about Cities for CEDAW (C4C) at “What do you know about CEDAW? How can it help you?” 8/22/15.
On June 16, the coalition met from 6pm to 8:20pm. From 7pm on, we had a conference call with Araceli Campos from Los Angeles to learn more about LA’s Cities for CEDAW program. Campos walked us through a powerpoint presentation she had sent.
The Senate and House Budgets both give teachers modest pay raises, but continue to ignore most other school staff. Instead of hiring back the over 3000 TAs they forced schools to drop in 2013, they are proposing ways to ‘help’ after a problem has been manifested with “literacy coaches.” More at “Proposed House education budget cuts $27 million for reducing first-grade class sizes, reallocates most to literacy coaches.” At the same time, the NCGA plans to take even more money from public education.
NC NOW’s Legislative Update #7 for the Short Session
11 June 2016
The House failed to concur with the Senate budget on Thursday (06/08/2016); therefore, a conference committee will be appointed with representatives from both the House and the Senate to negotiate a final budget. The negotiations will be conducted behind closed doors, but there will be rumors and leaks to indicate—accurately or inaccurately—how the negotiations are progressing.
Rumors are swirling that the House and Senate are close to a deal on HB2—but there is no agreement on what could be in the deal. The Republicans are caught between the religious right—who wants them to do nothing—and business interests—who want them to make it all go away. There are a lot of alternatives available:
(1) Do nothing and let the courts handle the matter. This would make the religious right happy.
“Instead of funding desperately needed 2 percent raises for state employees and a cost-of-living increase for retirees, the NC Senate budget continues diverting $582 million to a rainy day fund, which is too much money considering we are starving our public schools.”
Also, the NC Senate budget diverts more money for the voucher program and allows the funding to increase by $10 million each year through 2027. This means by 2027 the program would be receiving $145 million (adding $120 million to what they have already allocated to private schools via vouchers). More at “NC Senate Budget Would Dramatically Increase School Vouchers,” (WFAE, 6/1/16).
This shows where the NC Senate’s values are when it comes to public education.