MEDIA RELEASE: Legislative briefing in Durham will cover budget, social policy

Experts on North Carolina budget, social policy host legislative briefing in Durham
NC Justice Center, Budget & Tax Center experts available for media interviews on North Carolina’s crucial issues of the day

DURHAM (Nov. 12, 2009) – This Thursday, concerned Durham citizens can prepare for the upcoming North Carolina legislative session – and media members can get a jumpstart on the vital issues in play when state lawmakers re-convene.

This Tuesday, Nov. 12, Fayetteville will play host to a legislative briefing by local legislators and staff from the NC Budget & Tax Center, NC Justice Center and United Way of North Carolina. They will discuss top issues in state public policy such as:

•    Impacts of current economic conditions on working families and the state budget
•    Updates on key public efforts that support low-income workers and their families, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit, child-care subsidies, children’s health insurance and affordable housing
•    Discussion of implementation and use of federal economic recovery funds

“This legislative session will be critical to promote economic stability and protect North Carolina’s working families,” said Elaine Mejia, director of the Budget & Tax Center. “Especially during tight fiscal times, choosing smart policy options that build opportunity and prosperity for all workers is essential.”

Mejia and NC Justice Center policy advocate Louisa Warren will bring their roadshow presentation to Durham County Cooperative Extension at 721 Foster Street. The presentation runs from 8 a.m.-10:30 a.m. on Nov. 12.

Mejia and Warren will present information to and field questions from community leaders. Journalists are also invited to attend. Both experts are also available for media interviews.

“People are struggling to meet the competing demands of work and family,” said Warren. “It’s especially important right now to consider common-sense measures to support North Carolina’s working families.”

For more information or to schedule interviews, contact: Elaine Mejia, BTC project director, 912.856.2176; or Louisa Warren, NC Justice Center policy advocate, 919.801.0465.

For access to other Justice Center experts, contact: Jeff Shaw, Director of Communications, NC Justice Center, (919) 863-2402; mobile number 503.551.3615.

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The NC Budget & Tax Center provides timely, accessible and credible analysis of state and local budget and tax issues with a special focus on the impact on low- and moderate-income North Carolinians.

The NC Justice Center works to ensure that all North Carolinians have access to opportunity through a four-part strategy of research, policy advocacy, litigation and community education.