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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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Latest Attack on Women and Planned Parenthood, 5/22/18

Speech by NC NOW President Gailya Paliga, at the 5/22/18 Tuesdays With Tillis event, which was organized by NC NOW, Naral Pro-choice NC and the Tuesdays With Tillis group. Topics were Crisis Pregnancy Centers, presented by Tara Romano, Executive Director of Naral Pro-choice NC and the Trump Administration’s latest attack on family planning, women and Planned Parenthood, by Gailya Paliga.

Lady Liberty and other rally participants outside of Senator Thom Tillis’ office in Raleigh. Photo Credit: Mike Eisenberg

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Tax Cuts Bill is a FIVE ALARM FIRE! Call or write now!

DC friends are hearing from Senate staff that there are not enough calls going to the Senate to stop the tax bill which will inevitably result in cuts to health care programs and more pain for the middle class and the poor. Please share widely. But first, call or write NOW! THIS IS A FIVE ALARM FIRE!!!!!!!

The “tax cuts and jobs act” bill does huge damage, including

  • eliminates the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate
  • reduces services affecting women’s reproductive health, including the right to safe, legal abortions
  • eliminates the personal medical deduction
  • eliminates tax law provisions that help to finance the development of health care facilities or the development of low-income housing

Sign at Tuesdays With Tillis protest in Raleigh in November, 2017. Photo Credit: Stacie Borrello

According to National NOW in “GOP Tax Bills Irresponsible – Will Harm Women and Families, there is a world of hurt just in one point itself, “the repeal of the individual mandate under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), resulting in at least a 10 percent hike in premiums, 13 million persons losing health insurance, and the eventual demise of the ACA.”

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National Actions To Take NOW!

We have 3 actions to take on national issues. Oppose the House Budget which slashes trillions of dollars from healthcare, food and income assistance, education and more. Oppose HR 38 – giving domestic violence offenders the right to stalk and kill their intimate partners across state lines! Oppose HR 36 – another abortion ban.

Thank you to National Task Force to End Sexual & Domestic Violence and to National Women’s Law Center for the information.

Action Alert 1: Tell your Rep. to vote “NO” on the US House budget: it slashes trillions from Medicaid, Medicare, food and income assistance, education, housing and more. It takes the money to pay for tax cuts for the wealthy, and for corporations!

Monday-Wednesday, Oct 2-4: Call Your Rep and Say NO!

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Input on Medicaid Reform Due by May 25, 2017

Do you know NC is proposing big changes to ‘reform’ Medicaid, and now is the time to give input on it? “The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is seeking additional public input from April 25 to 11:59 p.m. on May 25, 2017, on the Medicaid and NC Health Choice programs transformation (also known as “Medicaid reform”), according to NCTracks notice here.”

From Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, 2015

DHHS also held four public input sessions around the state during May. Dates are listed in same NCTracks notice.  It says “Pre-registration is not necessary; please review speaker guidelines”. The last of those is Tuesday, May 16.

As always, NC Policy Watch is a great source of information on this issue. Learn more about so called “Medicaid Reform” changes at

See more on giving input at https://www.nctracks.nc.gov/content/public/providers/provider-communications/2017-announcements/Medicaid-Request-for-Public-Input.html.

NCGA waging wars on women, immigrants, the poor, and on non-partisanship! 9/25/15

NC NOW’s Legislative Update #32 Summary – Sep. 25, 2015

NCGA waging wars on women, immigrants, the poor, and on non-partisanship! 
This week’s legislative update is focused on progress in the various wars our legislature has been waging on the citizens of North Carolina. There have been developments in the War on Women, the War on Immigrants and the Poor, and the War on Non-Partisanship.  The only good news to report is that the legislature is expected to adjourn next week. But adjournment probably will not mean that the bad proposals that did not pass before adjournment will die. They can be kept alive by assigning them to study committees. Bills based on the recommendations of study committees can be considered in a short session—the tactic that was used to bring up the Equal Rights Amendment in 1982 to circumvent a “gentleman’s agreement” that it would not be considered in that short session.

is it over yet dog

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Women remember what happened in 2013!

It is hard to comprehend how much damage NC’s Conservative lawmakers did during the 2013 legislative session. The war on women may not have been what the NC General Assembly (NCGA) intended, but a war on women has been waged! The NCGA has dismantled much of women’s rights progress of the last 50 years! Women are especially hurt by 1) new laws 2) tax changes 3) new budget. We talked about the budget, which turns out to be MUCH WORSE than even the NCGA expected, with a $445 million shortfall by June 30, 2014. Read more in “Show Me The Money,” last post.
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**Huge economic losses**

The worst economic decisions (before the budget) were made early (Feb/Mar 2013). Federal programs were cut without regard to NC citizens. By March, the two most economically devastating bills were signed into law.

  1. refusal to expand Medicaid
  2. refusing federal emergency unemployment benefit and slashing benefits for the newly unemployed.
These are both particularly hard on women.
* Refusing to expand Medicaid hurts women on all fronts. Many of the 500,000 NC residents that won’t be covered are women earning low income. Many of the 18,000-25,000 jobs that Medicaid expansion would have brought would go to women in the health care field. The money from having health care coverage, and more jobs would have bolstered economies across NC. Instead, the working poor can’t afford health care, NC lost out $2 BILLION in 2013 alone (Washington Post), and NC lost out on tens of thousands of new jobs. In addition, rural clinics and hospitals are under extreme financial strain and may close.
* Unemployment Insurance – $700 million in federal money was rejected. Plus, they slashed unemployment benefits by fully one-third. But there was a further zinger for women – they eliminated a family hardship provision that directly affects caregivers – most are women.

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