Together NC: Toolkits

The Together NC network brings together over 2,000 individuals and organizations to move our state towards a fair and stable revenue system which supports sound public investments in the people and infrastructure of North Carolina. The network seeks to ensure that lawmakers value and support critical public investments in the education, economic development, health, and environment of our state. Further, we advocate for tax reform that helps our whole state instead of lopsided tax cuts that make hard working North Carolinians pay more of their income in taxes than the wealthiest taxpayers and corporations.

Talking Taxes Toolkit

Budget Toolkit


TALKING TAXES TOOLKIT

Talking Taxes Key Messages

  • Cutting our revenue sources threatens the investments critical to ensuring North Carolina’s economic success and quality of life for our state’s families and communities. The 2013 tax plan was a revenue loser which means we cannot adequately fund investments in K-12 education, community colleges and universities, economic development, public safety and health and human services. The tax plan makes it even harder for us to recover from several years of deep budget cuts to schools, roads, and healthcare for children and seniors.
  • Tax rates don’t drive economic growth – public investments do. Cutting income taxes will create few, if any jobs. Businesses need strong schools to educate a skilled workforce; efficient transportation networks that allow companies to bring their products to market; and safe, stable communities to thrive. Our history of strong investments is why North Carolina has attracted so many businesses and workers to relocate in the past and that’s the environment we should continue to offer. Businesses hire when demand for what they sell goes up. That’s much more important than what their taxes are; savings from a state income tax cut matter very little to hiring decisions. And without rising demand no business will hire – no matter how big a tax cut they get. The biggest danger to our economy comes from failing to invest in what creates jobs over the long haul –like education, transportation, and safe communities. The tax cuts passed in 2013 will make these investments very difficult, if not impossible.  
  • Tax fairness is an important principle of a sound tax system because it distributes the tax load according to ability to pay and supports long-term adequacy of the revenue system.  The 2013 tax plan made an upside-down tax system even worse in North Carolina by increasing the tax load on middle- and low-income tax payers and cutting taxes on the wealthiest individuals and corporations. Low- and middle-income taxpayers pay more as a share of their income than the wealthiest taxpayers.

JOIN THE TOGETHER NC SPEAKERS BUREAU. To learn more about how you can help spread the message of how we can build a better tax system in NC, email amber@ncjustice.org

1. CONTEXT

2. ANALYSIS OF 2013 NC TAX LEGISLATION

3. A COOKIE-CUTTER APPROACH

4. GRAPHICS

5. ADDITIONAL TOOLS AND RESOURCES

6. TAKE ACTION


BUDGET TOOLKIT

Everything You Need to Know About the 2013-2015 North Carolina State Budget

The state budget for 2013-2015 was passed into law in July 2013 and has implications for every aspect of family and community life in North Carolina. Currently during the 2014 NC Legislature’s short session, there are tweaks being made to the budget. We at Together NC wanted to give you some helpful tools for understanding and discussing the impact of the budget. Below you will find links to articles, briefs and reports regarding the newest North Carolina budget and its potential impact. This page will continue to be updated as new materials are developed.

1. REPORTS AND FACT SHEETS

2. TOOLS

3. TAKE ACTION

4. BUDGET CUT CASUALTIES IN THE PRESS