NC NOW Legislative Update #16 of 2017 is available. This legislative update includes the latest on the Senate budget, like proposed slashes to food stamps program, and how the House is going to try address some of the outrages of it.
“Last week the Senate passed its budget in a rushed process that allowed for
only limited debate and less than 72 hours of public availability before passage.”
“This week the process of sorting out what the budget contains beyond
appropriations and cuts continues. In addition to budgetary items, the budget
also includes new policies. Including policies in a budget bill is a way to bypass
the normal legislative process and pass controversial matters with little or no
public notice or debate. N. C. Policy Watch has identified twelve significant
policy changes buried in the Senate budget.” See
“One of the most disturbing provisions of the Senate budget is a policy change concerning eligibility for SNAP, the program that used to be called food stamps, that would effectively cut off 133,000 people from receiving nutritional assistance. The move was not motivated by saving the state money because the program is paid for entirely with federal funds and costs the state nothing.” See http://www.wral.com/senate-budget-would-cut-off-food-aid-to-133-000/16703663/, 5/15/17.
And there is more, because thank goodness that “[t]he House is working on its version of the budget which is expected to correct some of the outrages in the Senate version. “
Plus, see the updates and the bill tracking that are included in all of this session’s legislative updates.
See NC NOW Legislative Update 16.
The current wave of progressive activism is a continuation of the long fight for equal dignity for all, and an affirmation that if you show up to participate in something larger than yourself, you belong – and that our visibility matters.
If you’ve ever been to a 5k, fun run, or any road race, you have seen support and inclusion in action. Even when you are at the back of the pack (speaking from experience here), everyone wants you to succeed and they cheer you on. If you show up to participate, you belong.
The Feminist 5k in Raleigh on June 17, 2017 is an opportunity to run or walk with sisters and brothers in the cause, and to increase the visibility of feminism in our culture. You can sign up at www.feminist5k.org. Proceeds benefit the Women’s Center of Wake County. There is a $5 discount for NC NOW members. Use the Promotion Code “NC NOW.” Kids 12 and under are free.
Come run/walk/roll with us.
I learned so much from a man I knew so little about, that man’s name was Gene R. Nichol. I went not knowing what to expect, I came out feeling empowered knowing that there’s someone out there who cares. For 2 hours it felt as if I was constantly being punched in the back by Mike Tyson, and kicked by Bruce Lee.
Professor Gene Nichol, Alfonso Cristobal, and Gailya Paliga Photo Credit: Alfonso Cristobal
Political Consultant and Lobbyist (and Past NC NOW Lobbyist) Paula Wolf writes a letter to the editor (LTE) back to Indy Week, a triangle periodical. The whole LTE is shown here. The Indy carried the first 3 paragraphs of Paula’s LTE with some other input. The link to the Indy article is at the end.
With all due respect to the reporter, the “5 Things We Want to See From New Governor Roy Cooper,” 1/4/17, Indy, has some glaring oversights.
Women’s reproductive freedom has been trampled upon by the GOP since they got the majority in 2010. Mandatory scripts for doctors; transvaginal ultrasound; medically unnecessary building requirements; taxpayer funding of medically inaccurate information by anti choice “clinics” and defunding Planned Parenthood’s pregnancy prevention programs, to name a few. Access to healthcare is blockaded by not expanding Medicaid.
Fayetteville NOW joins protests against HB465 in May 2015. Hb465 is the bill that added tracking of women’s personal medical records and tracking of doctors to NC law. Roberta Waddle is speaking. Photo Credit: Hannah Osbourne
Posted in abortion, education, families, health care, reproductive rights, taxes, voting, women
Tagged abortion, education, poverty, reproductive rights, voting, women
Economic security was one of the topics covered in the morning of NC NOW’s state conference on Oct 10, 2015. Tazra Mitchell, Policy Analyst at NC’s Budget and Tax Center (BTC), spoke on economic security in NC, especially for women, due to changes in state budgets and policy. Mitchell’s work at BTC includes analysis of poverty, income inequality, and state fiscal policy.
Photo Credit: NC Budget and Tax Center
On the problems North Carolinians face, Mitchell pointed out that there are not enough jobs for people who want to work. 91 counties have more jobless workers than job openings. And the share of NC workers earning poverty wages is substantial, up from 2000. According to the Economic Policy Institute’s Analysis of US Census Bureau data, in 2013, 31.3% of workers earned poverty wages (versus 25.6% in 2000).
Mitchell is also the Second Vice President of NC Women United, a coalition of progressive organizations committed to achieving full equality and empowerment for women. Slides from her presentation are available on NCWU’s website at http://www.ncwu.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Broken-Economic-Model-and-Policy-Keep-Economic-Security-Out-of-Reach-for-Many-Tar-Heel-Women.pdf
Mitchell wrote about the NC NOW Conference on behalf of NCWU at http://www.ncwu.org/nc-nows-annual-conference/
Read more on the state conference “NC NOW Conference Focuses Feminist Power“
Note: This post was written on Oct 22, 2015, but didn’t get posted until March 2015. Still completely relevant today.
Posted in Cheated out of pay, discrimination, economic justice, families, gender wage gap, ncga interference, taxes, Uncategorized
Tagged Economy, ncga interference, poverty, women
Articles on national issues affecting women to consider. What do you know about the Hyde Amendment? You must realize the need for “paid sick leave.” Ever consider the need for “paid safe time”? Have you heard about the Alabama Judge trying to be the next Kim Davis? Think about the Supreme Court ruling which opened the door for them – Hobby Lobby. And more right here.
To Fight Inequality, Support Women’s Work
“Income inequality has been rising in nearly all advanced countries since the 1980s, but the increase in women’s earnings has helped slow its growth. That means work-family policies that help keep women in the workforce—including paid family leave, paid sick days, and access to affordable child care—are some of the most promising and underused policy tools for fighting inequality, both in the present and in the future.”
More on policies that work at “To Fight Inequality, Support Women’s Work” from The Center for American Progress.
When we talk about paid sick, family and medical leave please include “paid safe time.”
“Domestic violence permeates our workplaces. About one in five full-time workers in America have experienced some form of domestic violence. Of those, 96 percent of victims had the crime spill over into work. Contrary to popular belief, domestic violence is not a private crime, and some workers have trouble addressing its aftermath because of the way workplaces are structured. Supportive employers and thoughtful public policy — such as paid safe time — can help these workers meet their needs.”
NC NOW’s twentieth legislative update is available for members. This update is for the week ending June 20th. All updates include a list of bills that NC NOW is tracking. This summary and report were written by Robin Davis. There is some additional information in the postscripts, added by Gailya Paliga.
NC NOW’s Legislative Update #20 Summary – June 20, 2015
Senate’s Budget differs greatly from the House’s Budget
The Senate released its budget last Monday and passed it on Thursday. As expected, it is very different from the House budget. The House, anticipating continued economic improvement and increased revenues, passed a $22.2 billion budget—a 5 percent spending increase. The Senate proposes a $21.47 billion budget—only a 2 percent spending increase. Senate leaders point out that their budget is close to the Governor’s $21.52 billion budget. However, the Governor made his budget proposal in March when the economy was more sluggish and there was a projected revenue shortfall. Today there is a budget surplus of $419 million.
Various articles have summarized the fiscal differences between the House and Senate budgets. Here is a good overview: http://www.wral.com/budget-differences-could-lead-to-long-legislative-summer/14724805/. If you want to get down into the weeds, you can start here: http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/politics-columns-blogs/under-the-dome/article10333277.html.