NC NOW’s Legislative Update #24 Summary – July 25, 2015
Here is a summary of NC NOW’s legislative update with a few other points, which was emailed to members last Sunday, 7/26/15.
Senate adds all Republicans to Budget Conference Committee
The Senate has appointed its budget conference committee members—the 32 Republican Senators who voted for the Senate budget (only Sen. Bob Rucho was excluded). There are already 82 House members on the conference committee making a grand total of 114 members. Clearly, a core group of leaders will be meeting separately to write the actual budget. The Senate has ended committee meetings in order to concentrate on the budget.
ALEC Wields More Influence in NC Than Almost Any Other State
But the budget was on the back burner this week since Speaker Moore, Sen. Bob Rucho, and eight other Republican House members left Raleigh for San Diego to attend the annual conference of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). Follow this link to see their names and the ALEC proposals that have been introduced in North Carolina: http://www.wral.com/lawmakers-leave-budget-behind-head-to-california-conference/14789185/
Now that our state Supreme Court has given a green light to school vouchers, the obvious next step is to follow ALEC’s plan to extend vouchers to middle-class students (see http://www.alternet.org/education/right-wing-alec-now-says-school-vouchers-are-kids-suburbia-not-poor). ALEC wields more influence in North Carolina than almost any other state.
The August NC NOW newsletter is hot off the presses and available at https://northcarolinanow.files.wordpress.com/2015/07/ncnraleigh-now-newsletter-august-2015-v2.pdf
Weird mid-summer realities are being exposed because the NCGA is still in session—over 3 weeks past when the budget was due on Jun 30th. Many of our conservative lawmakers are in San Diego with ALEC this week (Jul 22-24) and 8,592 of our Teacher Assistants could become unemployed over the next two years if they don’t fix the budget, more on page 4. And remember, one of the first punitive pieces of legislation done in 2013 (House Bill 4) SLASHED unemployment amounts and how long people can receive it (from up to 26 weeks to around 12-16 weeks). If the TAs are eligible for unemployment.
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Posted on the NC NOW facebook page on May 4, 2014.
Good news, surprising only to these doomsayers. The bigger boon to NC would be expanding Medicaid. The BILLIONS of DOLLARS in FEDERAL MONEY would provide health care for working people (many single moms), freeing up money for their local communities. The FEDERAL MONEY would also provide jobs in the medical field to cover these new people – estimated were 18,000-25,000 new jobs. The FEDERAL MONEY would also help hospitals and clinics, all across NC, most notably in rural communities. Expanding Medicaid is a win/win/win on health coverage, money for businesses and hospitals, and providing new jobs.
Did you see the new estimates on the cost of the 2013 budget?? It’s 43% higher than before, according to the Fiscal Research Division of the NC General Assembly in a memo last Thursday, 7/24/14.
The 2013 state tax cuts for the 2014 year – personal income tax cuts alone – will cost 43% over earlier estimates! Earlier estimates put the cost of NC’s tax giveaways that mostly benefit the wealthy and corporations at nearly half a billion dollars ($475 million, to be exact). New estimates from the NCGA say the actual cuts will be $680 million dollars just in 2014! $205 million dollars MORE than earlier estimates!
And it will get worse if this money hemorrhaging isn’t stopped! The cost for the 2015 tax year is also projected to be $200 million higher than original estimates for 2015 – $890 million rather than $690 million. Additional tax cuts are set to take effect Jan. 1, 2015.
And it could be worse! The WRAL article, State Tax Cut Costs Ballooning, 7/25/14, said, “According to the memo, the forecast does not account for corporate tax rate cuts. ”