2013: THE YEAR WE START TO REBUILD NC
TWO THOUSAND TWELVE was a difficult year for public investments in North Carolina. We saw even more cuts to vital services on which the entire state depends, and the inadequate funding so many of our schools and other public structures have suffered through since the start of the Great Recession has become the new baseline by which some lawmakers will judge future spending decisions.
To kick off 2013, and to prepare for the coming debate over how to reform our tax system, we at Together NC are proposing that our newly elected legislators make the new year one in which we start to REBUILD NC and stop tearing down, underfunding, and underserving the critical public investments that have helped our state make such great advances in recent decades.
The NC General Assembly and our soon-to-be Governor are already considering radical proposals, based on disproved theories, that will shift the load off of the wealthy and onto middle and low-income families. Revenue “modernization” of this sort will not get us back on track, and will only be good for the most well-off few – not all of North Carolina.
Stopping proposals like this, and pointing our state back in the right direction, has to start with you. That’s why we’re asking you to make a simple New Year’s resolution to do everything you can to fight against these harmful plans – whether it’s calling your legislators, attending a rally, or educating your neighbors – and help guide lawmakers back to policies that will help us REBUILD NC.