Category Archives: NC budget

New Topics, Exciting Keynote, Diverse Attendees at 2019 State Conference on 11/9/19

The 2019 State Conference in Charlotte on 11/9/19 included new topics, an exciting keynote, diverse attendees and many first timers. We had members and attendees from 18 to 80 and Rep. Deb Butler’s speech was a highlight for all! Our conference theme was “The Time For Justice Is NOW.” NOW covers all issues affecting women, but we delved into a few new areas for NC NOW – how climate change hurts women and gender equity.  NC NOW officers were elected, an annual task. We also hosted a panel on threats to reproductive access, an update on the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), six workshops and more. We were honored to include a tribute to long time feminist activist and NC NOW board member Jan Allen.

Conference view from the back. Photo Credit: Gailya Paliga

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Offen: State Budget Money for CPCs Violates Separate of Church and State

The 2019 state budget has allocated over $2.6 million to crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs) and anti-abortion organizations. CPCs interfere with women seeking abortion care and give false information. They pose as legitimate clinics while they don’t generally have medical personnel. They overtly push Christianity, so them being given money by the state violates the separation of church and state.

-Paul Offen submitted this Letter to the Editor to the News and Observer in August 2019

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Stop Endangering Women’s Lives Event Summary – 9/10/19

Advocates from NC National Organization of Women, NARAL Pro-Choice NC, Planned Parenthood South Atlantic, Action NC, Tuesdays with Tillis, MomsRisingNC and others rallied outside of Senator Thom Tillis’ Raleigh office to demand an end to policies which restrict women’s access to reproductive and other health care. Threats range from various bills banning abortions, to giving away taxpayer money to religious anti-abortion clinics, to cutting off a trusted and proven provider of real medical care to the women most impacted by attacks on reproductive health access. 

Dani Hoffpauir speaking about Planned Parenthood and Title X – Photo Credit: Gailya Paliga

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North Carolina NOW Legislative Update #27 — 9/3/19

North Carolina NOW Legislative Update—September 3, 2019

Jump to the full summary and listing of bills NC NOW is tracking at NC NOW Legislative Update #27 (3Sep19)

There has been movement on both the budget and Medicaid transformation.  To get around the impasse over the vetoed budget, the legislature has passed a slew of stand-alone budget bills addressing specific areas.  Most significantly, bills giving pay raises to various state employees were passed and signed by Governor Cooper because both the vetoed budget and the Governor’s proposed compromise budget agree on these pay raises.  However, the two budgets do not agree on pay raises for teachers.  The bill dealing with teacher pay raises was sent back to committee because Democrats had prepared ten amendments.  Republicans did not want recorded votes against these proposed amendments.  This summary by Rep. Marcia Morey of Durham nicely sums up the situation:

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NC NOW Legislative Update #16 – How Attempted Vetoes Work– 5/20/19

Go directly to NC NOW Legislative Update #16 (20 May 19) which includes summary and bills being tracked.

The games around scheduling a House vote on SB359, Born Alive—Abortion Survivors Protection Act, continued another week.  The Governor vetoed the bill on April 18, and the Senate voted to override the veto on April 30.   One Democrat, Sen. Don Davis of Pitt County, voted with the Republicans to override the veto.   His vote has created a tremendous backlash, and several progressive groups have vowed to recruit a candidate to challenge him in his primary in 2020.  For more information, see:  http://www.reflector.com/News/2019/05/15/Progressives-target-Davis-for-challenge.html   

Republicans do not have a veto-proof majority in the House—the Republicans have 65 seats and Democrats have 55.  To override a veto requires a 2/3 majority (72 votes if all members are present and voting) or 2/3 of those present and voting.  In order to override a veto, Republicans must either win some votes from Democratic members or call for a vote when some Democrats are absent.  The fierce backlash against Democratic Sen. Don Davis for his vote with Republicans to override the Governor’s veto in the Senate may be making it difficult for Republicans to field the necessary Democratic votes.  A veto override vote was scheduled for 05/02/2019, then rescheduled for 05/03/2019.  The vote was then scheduled for 05/06/2019, 05/07/2019, 05/15/2019, and 05/16/ 2019.  Now the vote is on the calendar for 05/20/2019.

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NC NOW Legislative Update #15 — Games Played With Vetoed Bills – May 13, 2019

Go directly to NC NOW Legislative Update #15 (13 May 19) which includes summary and bills being tracked.

UPDATE:  The vote to override the Governor’s veto of the Born-Alive—Abortion Survivors Protection Act has been placed on the House Calendar for May 15.  This date may or may not hold since several House votes have been scheduled only to be re-scheduled.

The House seems to be playing a game with SB359/HB602:  Born-Alive—Abortion Survivors Protection Act.  The Senate voted to override the Governor’s veto on 04/30/2019.  The bill was placed on the House calendar for both 05/02/2019 and 05/03/2019—then withdrawn both times.  The bill is presently on the House Calendar for 05/06/2019.  A vote to override requires a two-thirds vote of members present and voting.   It looks like the veto override vote is being placed on the House calendar only to be withdrawn over and over again to stymie concerned citizens who may want to be in the gallery for the vote and to allow for a head count to make certain that votes needed for an override are present in the chamber before holding a vote. 

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NC NOW Legislative Update #14 — Glorious Teacher’s March and Bill Veto Games – May 5, 2019

By Robin Davis, VP of Legislative Action

Skip to the full NC NOW Legislative Update_#14 (5 May 19).

The biggest event this week was the march and rally held by teachers and their supporters on May 1.  The march was in support of better funding for our schools, better pay for teachers and other school personnel, and expansion of Medicaid funding since children without adequate medical care cannot learn.  Marchers wore red for ed!  For a more detailed account, see:  https://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/politics-government/article229849024.html

Photo Credit: Kevin A Smith

The House passed its budget, which does not include funding for Medicaid expansion, and has sent it on to the Senate. 

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Signature Ad Packet Delivery and Letter – 3/25/19

NC NOW members delivered the pro-choice signature ad packets to all of our representatives in the NC House and NC Senate on Monday, 3/25/19. The packets included a copy of the pro-choice signature ad that we ran in Indy Week in January (as we do every year), and a letter from NC NOW.

Photo Credit: Gailya Paliga

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NC NOW Legislative Update, 11 Jun 18

It’s been another crazy week in the NCGA.  Here are some highlights (lowlights) from the North_Carolina_NOW_Legislative_Update_#4_Short_Session, 10_June_2018.

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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. See “Cooper vetoes budget bill — here’s why,” NC Policy Watch, 6/6/18. The Senate has voted to override the Governor’s veto and the House has voted once to override with a final vote scheduled for 06/12/2018.

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NC NOW Legislative Update, 4 Jun 18

NC NOW Legislative Update #3 of the Short Session, 4 Jun 18 talks about the budget as the most controversial in modern history—not for what it contains, but for the process it went through. The process was explained in detail in NC NOW’s Legislative Update #2 for the Short Session, 28 May 18. This week, people learned more about some inappropriate recipients of taxpayer money, and some of the things the budget did and did not do. 

“The budget did not expand Medicaid coverage or provide adequate funding for education, including supplies and teacher salaries. No money was allocated to begin testing and tracking the backlog of untested rape kits, even though Attorney General Josh Stein requested $2,000,000 for this purpose.”

Actual rape kits used in NC. Displayed at the NC NOW State Conference in Oct 2017. We heard the story of how Fayetteville made the rape kit inventory happen! Photo Credit: Catherine Evangelista

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