MEDIA RELEASE: Groups call on the NC federal delegation to protect NC families against more cuts

Further sequestration cuts “will have a chilling effect on the state's economy,” new revenue is needed say more than two dozen social service organizations

RALEIGH (September 9, 2013) — More than two dozen social and human service groups called on Sen. Kay Hagan and the entire North Carolina federal delegation today to protect North Carolina families against further cuts to vital programs and tax credits that benefit the state's working families.

In a letter delivered this morning, groups urged the NC federal delegation to “chart a fair and responsible path on federal budget and tax decisions,” including tax reform and the so-called “sequestration” cuts. The groups asked their Representatives and Senators to “[put] a stop to more rounds of sequestration cuts and protect key tax credits such as the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit.”

“North Carolina has already been hit hard by sequestration,” the letter reads. “Meal programs for seniors have been cut back, slots for early childhood programs have been eliminated, and dollars for public schools have been reduced.  Contracts for small business owners engaged in research and development and military contracting have been cut, and reductions to the income of national guardsmen are also playing out in military and non-military communities across the state. Further sequestration cuts on top of already-reduced core public services will have a chilling effect on the state’s economy and the well-being of North Carolinians.”

North Carolina cannot prosper, the letter says, by retreating from vital investments such as education. Instead, the groups called on the NC federal delegation to support raising the revenue the nation needs “responsibly by ending tax loopholes for profitable corporations and wealthy individuals and by seeking savings that do not compromise individual, family, community, and national security.”

A complete list of groups signing on to the letter follows below. Read the complete letter at this link.

NC Justice Center
League of Women Voters North Carolina
Sisters of Mercy South Central Community
Children First/Communities In Schools of Buncombe County
Action for Children NC
NC Council of Churches
Corporation for Enterprise Development
Action NC
The Collaborative of NC
Southeastern North Carolina Food Systems Program-Feast Down East
North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition
American Friends Service Committee, Carolinas
Just Economics
Legal Services of Southern Piedmont
North Carolina Fair Share Community Development Corporation
Reinvestment Partners
Meals on Wheels of Durham
Triangle RESULTS
Mountain Voices Alliance
Triangle Older Women’s League
NC Women United
East End/Valley Street Neighborhood Association
Meals on Wheels of Wake County
RESULTS Asheville Group
Inter-Faith Food Shuttle
Community Home Trust

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