MEDIA RELEASE: Together NC condemns “Backwards Budget” passed by legislature

Together NC Statement on Final Budget Passage

RALEIGH (June 21, 2012) – We are deeply disappointed that the North Carolina House and Senate have passed their backwards budget plan. To be clear, there will be real and lasting consequences as a result of this budget.

K-12 schools will lose more educators, support staff, and supplies. The state’s tobacco cessation and prevention programs will largely cease to exist. Our open spaces will disappear faster and our water will get dirtier. The list could go on.

Cutting more out of public schools, health care, and infrastructure is the exact opposite of what North Carolina needs for a full economic recovery. Legislators had a choice. They could have restored needed revenue and invested in the public systems that help North Carolina’s families, communities, and businesses succeed.

This is a sad day for all of us who have worked to make North Carolina a better place to live, grow up, grow old, and do business.

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Together NC is a collection of more than 120 non-profit organizations, service providers, and professional associations who have come together to promote wise choices for shared prosperity for all North Carolinians. For more information, visit www.togethernc.org.

CONTACT: Together NC coordinator: Rob Thompson, (919) 649-2499, rob@nccovenant.org.

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