MEDIA ADVISORY: Groups host press briefing to oppose Senate’s tax proposal

At a press conference Wednesday, the Together NC coalition’s member groups will highlight flaws in tax shift plans

WHO: Together NC coalition, including the Budget & Tax Center, NC MomsRising, League of Women Voters NC, AARP and the NC Council of Churches

WHEN/WHERE: Wednesday, June 12 at 10 a.m. in the Children’s Garden at Wilmington and Lane in Raleigh, NC.

IN CASE OF RAIN, ALTERNATE LOCATION: NC Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton, Raleigh NC.

RALEIGH (June 12, 2013) – Advocates and experts will gather on Wednesday to oppose the NC Senate tax plan, which represents a tax shift harmful to the middle class.

Because the tax plan cuts and flattens the income tax and expands the sales tax to more goods and services, lower- and middle-income families will suffer. On Wednesday, June 12, the Together NC coalition’s members will speak in opposition to the Senate tax plan, Senate Bill 677.

The expansion of the sales tax to cover an additional 130 services and goods including groceries and prescription drugs will hit working middle and low income families hardest. Speakers will be on hand to share what this tax plan will mean to North Carolina families, seniors, and communities.

The plan also endangers vital public services impacting all North Carolinians because it reduces available revenue to fund our vital investments by $1 billion over three years  — an amount equivalent to the entire community college system budget.

By amplifying our already upside down tax system and reducing revenue, everyday North Carolina families will suffer and what has made our state great will erode.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Amber Moodie-Dyer, amber@ncjustice.org, (919) 856-2176 (office) (314) 368-9561 (mobile); Jeff Shaw, Director of Communications, NC Justice Center, jeff@ncjustice.org, (919) 863-2402 (office) (503) 551-3615 (mobile).