Update on reconciling NC’s House and Senate Budgets, HB 2, and status of 2 proposed changes to NC’s Constitution – more concealed weapon carry rather than less in NC, and drastic tax cuts and capping the state income taxes (TABOR).
Read more at North_Carolina_NOW_Legislative_Update_8.18_June_2016
There is a lot going on with the fallout from the law known as HB 2 continuing to batter NC, the second primary that was Jun 7, the NCGA trying to change so much during the short session, protests at the legislature, continued stonewalling of African American women for federal positions (by Senator Richard Burr), teachers in the streets! Read about some of it in the NC NOW newsletter May-June 2016.
Photo credit: Judy Lotas
The newsletter mentions to tragic mass shooting that happened at a gay nightclub at 2am on June 12, 2016, in Orlando, FL. A gunman “carried out the worst mass shooting in United States history, leaving 50 people dead and 53 wounded.” It does not include the Charleston 9 hate crime shooting that was the following week (after the newsletter was published). On Jun 18, 2016, nine people were murdered at a historic African-American Church in Charleston, South Carolina, where they were doing bible study. The victims included the female pastor and a Democratic Senator, also female. These two hate crimes happened within a week of each other, both in the Southeastern US.
Also read about how you can get involved. Note that chapter meetings are listed on front page of the newsletter.
Special treat: the Wisdom from the Internet on page 5.
Posted in clinic violence, Equal Rights Amendment, ERA, HB 2, public education, state budget issues, State interference (NC), voting, women
Tagged attacks on public education, Courts, Equal Rights Amendment, HB 2, stonewalling qualified candidate, teachers, voting, women
The Senate and House Budgets both give teachers modest pay raises, but continue to ignore most other school staff. Instead of hiring back the over 3000 TAs they forced schools to drop in 2013, they are proposing ways to ‘help’ after a problem has been manifested with “literacy coaches.” More at “Proposed House education budget cuts $27 million for reducing first-grade class sizes, reallocates most to literacy coaches.” At the same time, the NCGA plans to take even more money from public education.
“Instead of funding desperately needed 2 percent raises for state employees and a cost-of-living increase for retirees, the NC Senate budget continues diverting $582 million to a rainy day fund, which is too much money considering we are starving our public schools.”
Also, the NC Senate budget diverts more money for the voucher program and allows the funding to increase by $10 million each year through 2027. This means by 2027 the program would be receiving $145 million (adding $120 million to what they have already allocated to private schools via vouchers). More at “NC Senate Budget Would Dramatically Increase School Vouchers,” (WFAE, 6/1/16).
This shows where the NC Senate’s values are when it comes to public education.
NC NOW had an exciting state conference on Oct 10, 2015. We hold these annual conferences for a few reasons. State conferences are where we elect our state officers, but also, where NOW members and other feminists gather to get organized and motivated to do the work that we do. That is work that we love to do!
Our theme, “Focusing Women’s Power NOW!” is a call to action! Also a reminder that our actions do make a difference. We are focusing women’s power by doing education on issues + taking action = social change. Our planned morning session included panels on progress and issues on 6 topics – racism, economic security, reproductive rights, Violence Against Women, LGBTTQQIIA, and ERA. Our afternoon session included workshops on working with the media, helping good people get elected, and planning actions. See the agenda, biographies and more in the NC_NOW_program_2015.
Posted in CEDAW, Equal Rights Amendment, lgbt, racism, reproductive rights, state budget issues, State interference (NC), violence against women, women
Tagged abortion, bad law, Equal Rights Amendment, reproductive rights, violence against women, women, women's rights
Sep. 12 – NC NOW Legislative Update #30
Why legislators want to insert policy changes into the budget
A budget agreement has been reached! But we won’t know the details until Monday (15 September). House and Senate negotiators reached an impasse, and Senator Berger and Speaker Moore worked together behind closed doors to reach the final deal. House rules require that the budget be publicly available for 72 hours before a vote. The plan is to allow budget committee members and party caucuses to review the budget over the weekend, release it to the public some time on Monday, and hold a vote by the end of next week to meet the third extension deadline of September 18. More in “NC legislators reach budget deal but aren’t releasing details” at http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/politics-columns-blogs/under-the-dome/article34967892.html
Whatever has been negotiated is the final deal—the budget can only be voted up or down by the members and cannot be amended on the floor (now you understand why legislators want to insert policy changes into the budget). It is highly unlikely that any Republican members will vote against the budget.