Yes, the legislature is still in session. And, no, there is still no agreement between the House and the Senate on the budget. Can we look forward to an agreement soon? No, because Senate leader Phil Berger has said that we should not expect a budget until the end of September or the beginning of October. But his prediction will need to be updated because there has been a complicating development.
LTE on wrong NC state budget priorities – continuing to cheat teachers of decent pay while funneling millions to anti-abortion clinics.
The ERA Coalition and ERA-NC Alliance partners (including NC NOW) would like to invite you to the Fourth Annual Campus Equal Rights Amendment Day taking place on April 27, 2020 from 6:00-7:30 pm EST at Roosevelt House, Hunter College. Join from where you are via Zoom. This program is designed to accommodate students all across the country. Feel free to forward and share with any students and teachers you know who may be interested.
As part of the ongoing commemoration of the ratification of the 19th amendment, the Chapel Hill and Durham chapters of NOW have collaborated to honor 10 contemporary women from the Chapel Hill and Durham area who have changed the world through their service to their communities. Each woman is honored on their own poster. The posters will be displayed for the first time at the opening reception on 2/29/20.
Media advisory about 2019 NC NOW State Conference, with keynote speaker, theme, and event specifics.
Join us in for the re-enactment of the 1848 Women’s Convention held in Seneca Falls, New York, and the presentation of the Parade of Suffragists. The Women’s Convention is regarded as the beginning of the modern feminist movement, and the parade is to highlight profiles of feminists from the past two centuries. This play was written by Fayetteville NOW member Ethelyn Holden.
“Living without health insurance is like playing Russian Roulette with your life.” Jesse, Moore County. All over our State, many North Carolinians are unable to get the medical care they need because they don’t have any health coverage. Rebecca Cerese, the Health Engagement Coordinator for the NC Justice Center, amplifies their stories, in hopes of creating real policy change. She will be sharing some of these stories and discussing ways we can work together to fix this problem.
A coalition of organizations held a community conversations event “Public Education, Medicaid Expansion and the State Budget” in Fayetteville on Thursday, 7/25/19. Attendees heard from many very well qualified speakers on two panels – the first panel included community leaders, doctors, patients on need for Medicaid Expansion and returning public education to place of importance in state, and the second panel included some history of Medicaid expansion in NC and current shenanigans and chances with past and present lawmakers. Read more about panelists and areas covered.
The legislature passed the budget on Thursday, June 27, and Governor Roy Cooper vetoed it the next day, for various reasons, including refusal to expand Medicaid, and shorting North Carolina in the areas of education and the economy. Budget also funnels total of $2.6 million to crisis pregnancy centers to pursue their anti-abortion agenda. They tried to deny funding to any agency, including hospitals, that provides abortion services. Happily, that part was defeated.
Next step in the Legislature – reconciling the House and Senate budgets, which have significant differences between them. In general, the Senate version is far worse because its tax cuts go deeper and it contains cuts to existing programs not contained in the House budget. Neither the House nor the Senate budget includes Medicaid expansion; however, the Senate version of the budget cuts the proposed Medicaid budget $100 million below the governor’s suggested budget for the first year. Another serious problem is the Senate’s decision to limit public investments at a time when the state’s population is growing steadily. And Democrats are being shut out of the negotiations, in both sides of government a total of two Democratic men (no women) are included in the negotiations, both of whom voted for the budget. Read more here.