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Access to Educational Opportunity

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Twenty-five years after the Leandro case commenced, the state is farther from meeting its constitutional obligation to provide all children with the opportunity to receive a sound basic education

Affordable and Safe Housing

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North Carolina’s elected leaders should commit to provide affordable, safe housing to North Carolinians by investing in proven programs.

Closing the Medicaid Coverage Gap

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At a time when workers across the state are experiencing record job losses and cuts in work hours, more than 750,000 North Carolinians who earn low incomes could gain health insurance coverage if lawmakers expanded Medicaid eligibility.

Federal COVID-19 Relief

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North Carolina’s elected federal leaders must ensure good schools, healthy neighbors, and safe communities are not threatened despite the COVID-19 pandemic, and that individuals and families can make ends meet.

Health and Safety for Workers During COVID-19

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North Carolina needs to protect all workers from the devastating effects of COVID-19. Creating an OSHA standard for businesses would help keep workers and their families safe at a time when many people have no choice but to go to work.

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Immigrant and Refugee Policies

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The Trump Administration is intentionally stoking fear and misinformation about immigrants and refugees. Through misguided and dangerous policy decisions, as well as anti-immigrant rhetoric and fear mongering, he has torn families apart, shirked international obligations, worked to exclude both people of color and people of low or moderate incomes from the U.S. His decisions have led to unprecedented backlogs in visa processing and in the courts, keeping U.S. citizens and lawful residents separated from their families and preventing U.S. employers from sponsoring workers they need to compete in a global economy.

Paid Sick Days and Family Leave

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North Carolina’s leaders should act urgently to ensure all working North Carolinians can access paid leave and paid sick days throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

Paying Your Fair Share of Taxes

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North Carolina’s elected leaders should ask the wealthy and powerful to contribute to thriving communities across the state by paying taxes.

Raising the Minimum Wage

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North Carolina needs to create jobs that pay workers enough to afford the basics for themselves and their families, particularly during these uncertain times. Raising the minimum wage would provide a critical antidote to the ongoing boom in low-wage work.

Safety Net

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Click here for a more in-depth voter guide on the safety net. Safety net programs are a crucial tool to weather the economic toll of COVID-19. We need lawmakers who will champion anti-poverty solutions and strengthen and expand our existing safety net programs.

Smart Public Investments

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Our elected leaders must ensure priorities like good schools, healthy neighbors, and safe communities are reflected in a state budget that values well-being, equity, and transparency

Supporting Businesses Owned by People of Color and Women

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North Carolina’s lawmakers can ensure all businesses have access to opportunity so that they can pay their employees and neighbors a living wage, strengthen main streets, and build prosperity for Black, brown, and white business owners. Targeted support for HUBs is a crucial part of an economic recovery, particularly given the COVID-19 pandemic, in which businesses owned by people of color have been overrepresented in impacted industries and unable to access initial federal relief funds.

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Unemployment Benefits

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Public policies like the unemployment insurance system, food assistance, and assistance with mortgage, rent, and utility payments can help communities during the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting economic downturn.