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Here is a WRAL produced graphic that compares important parts of the three legislative budgets that are being debated by a party that seems to be in a real big hurry to shift taxes. Also, click through to WRAL for solid, daily reporting and analysis. Governor McCrory is saying that the Clodfelter/Hartsell Plan is the closest to his own ideas.
A century and a half after the Civil War ended, the GOP-dominated North Carolina legislature is finishing the destruction Gen. Sherman’s troops never got to visit upon Raleigh, NC. Over 150 people have been arrested at the Legislative Building in four weeks of protests led by the NAACP. A crowd of 600 gathered last week for the latest Moral Mondays protest against a flood of conservative legislation targeting the poor and minority voters.
A few short years after Barack Obama won the state’s electoral votes, Republicans are firmly in control of the legislature and the Governor’s Mansion. They are busily unmaking the American Century in what has been one of the South’s most progressive states. The Washington Post calls it “a sweeping conservative agenda”:
Legislators have slashed jobless benefits. They have also repealed a tax credit that supplemented the wages of low-income people, while moving to eliminate the estate tax. They have voted against expanding Medicaid to comply with the 2010 federal health-care law. The expansion would have added 500,000 poor North Carolinians to the Medicaid rolls.
Y’all know that your North Carolina state government is about to lower taxes for the wealthy and big corporate interests while raising taxes for the poor and middle class, right? They’re also going to privatize Medicaid, which will reduce services for the poor. They’re also slashing child care - 31,000 kids are expected to be cut. They’re also doing away with environmental protections. They’re also savaging voting rights. Both the Senate and House versions of the budget are a move towards regressive taxation and underfunded services.
More info to come, but know that the folks at the General Assembly are about to send you the bill for their ALEC ambitions. North Carolina is their new laboratory, and we’re the lab rats.
I was reading the AC-T article about the legal efforts to halt the unnecessary and irresponsible forced merger of the Asheville Municipal Water System and the Metropolitan Sewerage District, and I clicked over to the comments. There, Tim Peck left this handy list. Have a read.
Water Merger Lawsuit: Temporary Restraining Order
Water Merger Lawsuit: Complaint Filed
Water Merger Lawsuit: Affidavit (Shoaf)
“This course of action is the only rational response to an irresponsible effort,” Council member Gordon Smith told Xpress after the vote. “Just the debt and bond issues will take months and months to sort out, not to mention that the authority that we’re supposed to give the water system to doesn’t exist yet. They’ve crafted a bill that’s impossible to execute.”
He added his thoughts on why legislators filed the bill, which was sponsored by Rep. Tim Moffitt and supported by Reps. Nathan Ramsey and Chuck McGrady: “It’s just a case of vendetta politics.”
Read the whole Resolution authorizing legal steps forward.
This hit my inbox yesterday, and I thought I’d share it here:
Despite the sincere appeals from many of you, and the principled arguments made by representatives of the City of Asheville, the NC General Assembly has passed House Bill 488, the “Regionalization of Public Utilities”.
The main intent of this bill is to forcibly remove control of the Asheville water system and pristine 22,000 acre watershed from Asheville’s elected officials, and put it in the hands of an unelected Board controlled by the State. The studies have all been finalized: there will be no economic benefit to ratepayers from transferring control of Asheville’s water, there will be no “efficiencies” gained – this is about wrenching control of water from the people into the hands of the State.
The threat of privatization of this vital resource still exists, and the threat to make this the first of many such seizures across the State still exists. We need to take a stand now just as was done last November when 86% of Asheville voters expressed opposition to the sale or lease of the water system. To date, over 50 municipalities in North Carolina have passed resolutions opposing the forced transfer of local government infrastructure.
Our best hope to derail this ill-advised juggernaut lies with NC Governor Pat McCrory. As a former Mayor himself, he has to see that the State seizure of municipal assets is a terrible idea. What City or Town will make investments and improvements in their infrastructure (the kind that Asheville has recently made in their water system), once the precedent has been set that if one greedy neighbor wants your assets, the State may step in and take them? This is what is happening to Asheville.
Please take the time to send an email to Governor Pat McCrory.
Or give his office a call (919) 733-5811. As always: be polite, don’t attack the bill sponsors, be persuasive. Mention “Asheville Water” or the “Regionalization of Public Utilities” bill. Should the bill reach his desk, ask him to please Veto!
For more info & other ways you can help, you can always visit SaveOurWaterWNC.com
Thanks for speaking up for safe, publicly-controlled drinking water!
Barry & the whole crew at Save Our Water WNC
Sorry. I somehow misread Maddow’s New York Times headline.
Last night Rachel Maddow covered the punitive tax increase against North Carolina families of students who register to vote where they attend college inside the state. She promises more coverage of the Raleigh follies tonight.
Imagine the conversation went something like this:
“So okay, here’s the deal,” Pope says to McCrory, “we turn the clock back until North Carolina looks like a caricature of a poor southern state from 50 years ago. You will have to own property to vote, Yankees make jokes about us all being crackers. Nuevo-poor (and nuevo-uneducated) locals get even more xenophobic, and they won’t elect a Democrat around these parts for decades. The only places people will be able to afford to shop are my stores. We’ll have it made.”
Oh, yes, they would go that far, says Rob Schofield at NC Policy Watch. He presents this early, partial list of the North Carolina General Assembly’s Greatest Hits of 2013. (It seems like just yesterday, doesn’t it?):
Gov. McCrory is giving his first State of the State address tonight at 7pm. This biennial event is a long standing NC tradition, and I’ll look forward to hearing his ideas for rejecting Medicaid, slashing unemployment benefits, weakening cities, and raising taxes on low and middle income North Carolinians and how they’re going to make our state stronger. I remain hopeful that Gov McCrory will provide a moderating effect on our Republican dominated General Assembly.
This is your thread for all things North Carolina.
It’s been a busy session for the new Republican dominated North Carolina government. Here’s some other folks’ rundowns on what’s been happening:
F to North Carolina’s leaders for pressing ahead with a plan to radically slash unemployment benefits.
The cuts mean the state can’t take advantage of long-term unemployment insurance supplied by the federal government. With a statewide unemployment rate still about 9 percent this is alarming.
“If enacted, the legislation also would cut off all federally funded Emergency Unemployment Compensation — that is, benefits after 26 weeks of unemployment — to 170,000 unemployed North Carolinians.
the state’s economy will lose $780 million in federal funds that are vital to reducing North Carolina’s high unemployment rate.”