Two months ago we all came together to support financial reform and sound fiscal policy.
Now, with North Carolina in the most severe budget crisis in decades, some extremist politicians refuse to let the North Carolina attempt to stem the bleeding.
Legislators are proposing unprecedented cuts to critical services by eliminating 12,000 teaching positions, cutting children's health insurance, teacher pay, cancer research, medicare, and job placement services, and closing rape crisis, abuse, and sexual assault centers across the state. Conservatives believe the way out of the recession is eliminating the safety net for the economically disadvantaged while preventing the next generation from getting the education they need to succeed.
Shockingly, many legislators are content with these cuts, refusing to offset them with any increase in revenues. Corporate backed groups across the state are mobilizing, barraging legislators with e-mails, calls, and letters encouraging them to fire our teachers instead of raise taxes on the wealthy.
We have to do something.
1. Call your legislator today. Tell them you support a balanced approach to the budget, including both budget cuts and revenue increases. Find out who represents you by clicking here.
2. Attend a rally this Monday, June 15, at 5:30pm. We'll meet across from the Jones Street entrance to the Legislative Building. We’ll gather on the outdoor space between the NC Museum of History and the NC Museum of Natural Sciences and march to the N.C. General Assembly to call on our state leaders to say “NO” to destructive budget cuts and “YES” to a balanced budget solution. Click here for more info.
We've fought tooth and nail for small legislative victories over the last twenty years, and conservatives are out to destroy them all with one budget. They want to send North Carolina back to the stone age. Its up to us to make sure we keep moving forward.