Next step in the Legislature – reconciling the House and Senate budgets, which have significant differences between them. In general, the Senate version is far worse because its tax cuts go deeper and it contains cuts to existing programs not contained in the House budget. Neither the House nor the Senate budget includes Medicaid expansion; however, the Senate version of the budget cuts the proposed Medicaid budget $100 million below the governor’s suggested budget for the first year. Another serious problem is the Senate’s decision to limit public investments at a time when the state’s population is growing steadily. And Democrats are being shut out of the negotiations, in both sides of government a total of two Democratic men (no women) are included in the negotiations, both of whom voted for the budget. Read more here.
ICE practices have become increasingly brutal. Week 7 of the legislative session saw the Republicans file a bill to force the new more progressive sheriffs elected by voters to cooperate with ICE or face huge penalties. Also, Medicaid Expansion bill may have been waylaid by rookie legislator’s mistake, although there are other ways to expand Medicaid anyway. Read more here.
2019 Women’s march events were organized in Asheville, Charlotte, Raleigh, Wilmington, Black Mountain and Albamarle. Themes and dates varied but interest and excitement stayed high! One was organized by middle school girls! A little about each of them here.
The last two town hall events of the #SaveScotus/#SaveRoe across the state were the last week of August, 2018. Here is a summary of both, with pictures.
Medicare and Medicaid’s 53rd birthday was July 30, 2018; Social Security’s 83rd birthday is August 14. All three of these programs are under attack by the same people who recently gave a 1.5 trillion dollar tax cut to the wealthy last fall. One in three Americans is currently covered by Medicaid or Medicare. These programs are vital for the survival of some of our most vulnerable people, and the intention of Paul Ryan as well as some NC legislators to cut them is widely known and would be detrimental to us all. This week’s rally calls attention to the importance of these programs and exposes some threats. This is the 80th consecutive Tuesdays With Tillis rally we’ve held.
July 30, 2018 is the 53rd anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson signing the bill that led to Medicare and Medicaid into law. The programs were intended in part to remove racial segregation practiced by hospitals and other health care facilities at the time. Read about both programs here.
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 what the budget did and did not do. The Legislative Update also lists the bills that NC NOW is tracking – bill numbers, summaries, and where they are in the process.
Speech by NC NOW President Gailya Paliga, given at Tuesdays With Tillis event on 5/22/18. Topics the Trump Administration’s latest attack on women and Planned Parenthood. Topics at the event were this new domestic gag rule and Crisis Pregnancy Centers.
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. Call or write NOW! THIS IS A FIVE ALARM FIRE!
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.