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Neighbors on Call’s NC Policy Update for 3/20/23



Fair Representation

Voting Rights

Education Policy

Economic Policy

  • On Wednesday Governor Cooper released his new budget proposal. The proposal includes 18% raises for public school teachers over the next two years and an increase in unemployment benefits. His budget would also give an 8% raise over the next two years to other state employees, fully fund the Leandro settlement, and allocate $1 billion in new mental health care spending and $1.5 billion for early child care. Further, it would put a stop to planned corporate income tax cuts and personal income tax cuts for families making more than $200,000 per year. Republican leaders of the NC General Assembly indicated that they do not support Cooper’s proposals.

Environmental Policy

Health Care Policy

  • On Tuesday the NC Senate approved Medicaid expansion in a 43-2 vote. The bill will go back to the NC House once more before it is delivered to Governor Cooper for his signature. The vote for Medicaid expansion is a significant victory; however, Republicans have conditioned the expansion of the program on approval of a state budget by the new fiscal year, which means they could force unwanted budget compromises on Governor Cooper.

Gun Violence Prevention

Reproductive Rights

Criminal Justice

  • On Friday Governor Cooper announced that he won’t veto but also won’t sign two bills sent to him by the NC General Assembly, including a bill to “prevent rioting and civil disorder.” HB 40 imposes harsher penalties for rioters and is similar to a bill Cooper vetoed two years ago, and advocacy groups had urged him to again veto the bill to avoid chilling peaceful protest. However, seven Democrats, including six Democrats in the NC House, voted in favor of the rioting bill. The second bill, which limits rights for long-term hotel and inn residents, is also similar to proposed legislation previously vetoed by Cooper. However, the hotel bill was supported by 15 Democrats in the NC House. Both bills will become law without his signature.

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