Together NC Statement on "Shameful" Budget Override
Together NC Statement on Budget Veto Override'
Forcing through this profoundly damaging budget in the dead of night is shameful
Many news stories on this midnight moment will likely focus on the politics of this vote. And indeed, the cowardly fact that the House budget vote occurred in the dead of night with nearly no debate should be noted.
-Thousands of North Carolinians will immediately, if they haven’t already, lose their jobs and their livelihoods. The NC Budget & Tax Center conservatively estimates that 30,000 jobs will be lost over the next two years as a result of this budget;
-Adequate, affordable, and quality healthcare will no longer be easily accessible to children and adults. Medicaid’s reach will be severely limited by this budget;
-Our most precious asset—our future generation—will no longer have access to a nationally-recognized system of early care and education that has proven over and over again to reduce the achievement gap, grow our local economies, and pave the way towards a highly-skilled, competitive workforce;
-Our trees, clean air and water will no longer be a given because environmental regulation will be undermined and land conservation efforts will largely cease;
-Our classrooms, from kindergarten to community colleges to our universities, will lose thousands of educators along with the support and supplies that allow them to educate our children.
These are the cuts that will ripple through our communities immediately. But much of the damage to come is unknown. The local impact and multiplier effect of such a deep retreat from our most valuable public structures will affect our state for years, if not decades to come.