NC NOW Legislative Update #5, 17 Jun 18

Here is the beginning of the summary of the NC NOW Legislative Update #5. Click North_Carolina_NOW_Legislative_Update_5.17_June_2018 to read the whole update. Other topics include Restrictions on Early Voting, Medicaid Expansion, ERA (including action to take on ERA), and Judicial Redistricting.

BUDGET

As expected, Governor Cooper vetoed the budget, citing inadequate funding for education and teacher pay raises, implementing unnecessary tax cuts, and the deplorable process used to pass the budget.  Both the Senate and the House have overridden the Governor’s veto.  For an overview of the shameful way laws are being made this session, see
http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/article213240389.html, News and Observer, 6/15/18.

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Voting Rights Rally at Bicentennial Plaza in Raleigh on 6/12/18. Photo Credit: Phil Fonville

 

VOTER ID/STATE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT

A bill (H1091) has been introduced to place a proposed amendment to the state constitution requiring photo ID for in-person voting on the November ballot.  The language on the ballot will be general; however, the (presumed) Republican majority will write the actual bill.  There is little reason to assume that any new bill will not be another unconstitutional measure aimed at voter suppression that will go far beyond voter ID alone.  In short, the voters are being asked to approve a pig in a poke.  It should be noted that voter ID is not required for absentee voting or early voting, which is technically a form of absentee voting.  Republicans hope that this measure will appeal to their base and boost their turnout in an election in which they are expected to lose legislative seats. 

CAP STATE INCOME TAX AT 5.5%/STATE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT

A bill has been introduced to cap the state income tax at 5.5%, close to the current rate.  The North Carolina Constitution currently places a 10% cap on the state income tax.  Again, this proposed amendment to the state constitution is designed to encourage the Republican base to turn out for the 2018 elections.  This bill passed the Senate last session; it is moving in the House.  At a time when federal support for programs is being slashed, freezing the level of the state income tax could have terrible consequences for people who depend on these programs.  This article examines the potential disastrous impact of North Carolina children:  http://www.newsobserver.com/opinion/op-ed/article213254949.html, News and Observer, 6/15/18.

RESTRICTIONS ON EARLY VOTING

Click North_Carolina_NOW_Legislative_Update_5.17_June_2018 to read the whole update. Other topics include Restrictions on Early Voting, Medicaid Expansion, ERA (including action to take on ERA), and Judicial Redistricting.

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