The pandemic is exposing people and institutions who were barely getting by and now will fail with insufficient assistance. Rural hospitals were already doing badly, and now are doing worse. Yet, the NC legislature continues to refuse the gift of Medicaid Expansion which would alleviate health and economic problems across in every county if implemented fully.
Republicans are scrambling to find enough votes to override Governor Cooper’s veto of the state budget (i.e., offering pork), but are meeting Democratic resistance. There has been movement to report on the issue of Medicaid expansion, an issue that is closely tied to the budget deadlock. The governor has advanced budget negotiations by offering a compromise bill. Read about all of this here.
Two great feminist plays coming right up in Raleigh – “What We’re Up Against” on gender discrimination in the workplace and The Vagina Monologues (20 year anniversary!).
Join us for the next Tuesdays With Tillis session. The topic is “Stop the Assaults, Stop the Violence” following the outbreak of #MeToo stories of sexual harassment and assault.
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.
NOW Urges that Senator(s) filibuster the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch and, should a filibuster fail, vote “no”. Call your US Senator TODAY! Here is what you need to guide you – phone numbers and phone script.
A year after Governor McCrory signed it into law, HB2 continues to cause massive losses. In just one weekend in March, the city of Greensboro lost out on an estimated 14.5 MILLION DOLLARS because of House Bill 2! The loss of known opportunities continues to grow but the loss of unknown opportunities is hard to quantify.
No excuse for skipping town hall meetings – Senator Tillis needs to step up.
NC NOW State Conference recap, with pictures.
Fayetteville NOW and Quaker House celebrated Women’s Equality Day on 8/27/16 with an afternoon event in Fayetteville.