The NC Budget is bad for women and the state. This budget intensifies the attack on women’s reproductive rights by appropriating $2.6 million to crisis pregnancy centers over a two-year period. It discontinues health care benefits for retired state workers and teachers. It removes a major benefit of working for the state – state employees (including teachers) hired after January 2021 will no longer receive health insurance benefits. In addition, this budget continues the disturbing practice of including policy that has never voted on in the budget. In general, the Republican policy of tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy along with cuts to programs that benefit low income citizens continues in this budget.
The NC House finished its budget so now is time for budget negotiations between House and Senate. Update on SCOTUS ruling on NC’s gerrymandering case and another case.
Another busy week as another House Bill brings derision to NC, a House Representative gets national attention for a very inappropriate comment, and the Republicans are abusing their power in new and worse ways.
NC NOW’s latest legislative update with information on the first bill moving Medicaid expansion forward (finally, although not great), two bills on abortion, ERA updates, lawsuit updates, bill tracking and more.
NOW Urges that Senator(s) filibuster the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch and, should a filibuster fail, vote “no”. NC NOW joins with statewide progressive groups on March 20, 2017 to explain why Gorsuch is such a bad choice. Phone script available to help you call your US Senators.
NC NOW legislative update #6 includes damage from the Trump administration’s new interpretation of Title IX, lawsuit updates, and bill tracking. Topics of bills include 3 interfering with access to abortion, multiple bills on HB2, two on ERA, and bills to raise the minimum wage. More than 2/3 of minimum wage workers are women in NC.