MEDIA RELEASE: Community Conversation in Colfax will cover budget, public investments

Experts on North Carolina policy to host discussion about the economy, ways to support working families

RALEIGH (Nov. 15, 2011) – This Wednesday, concerned Guilford County citizens can help write the next chapter in the story of North Carolina’s economy and the state budget.

On Wednesday, Nov. 16, Colfax will play host to a community conversation event entitled “Building a Stronger North Carolina,” led by staff from the NC Justice Center, the NC Budget & Tax Center – a project of the NC Justice Center – and United Way of North Carolina. Through this interactive session, members of the community will have the opportunity to respond to critical questions regarding legislation and learn about ways to get engaged in issues that will affect the future of the state.
They will discuss top issues in state public policy, including:

  • The impact of current economic conditions on working families and the state budget.
  • Updates on key policy solutions that support low-income workers and their families, such as a balanced approach to the budget and the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).
  • How the state budget directly affected areas such as education, health care, public safety, and natural resources.

“This Community Conversation provides an opportunity to lift up what is happening in communities across the state as North Carolina continues to recover from the economic downturn and state budget and policy decisions roll out,” said Alexandra Forter Sirota, director of the NC Budget & Tax Center.

“To pave the way to recovery, North Carolina state policymakers need to recommit to investing in the economic engines that fuel our progress, such as our schools, infrastructure, and health systems,” added Louisa Warren, an NC Justice Center policy advocate. “The cuts-only approach to the budget is crippling our communities and it will ll take long-term thinking and looking at structural changes to our revenue system to move North Carolina forward.”

Sirota and Warren will bring their presentation to Colfax at the Girl Scouts’ Carolinas Peaks2Piedmont Triad Services Center at 8818 West Market Street. The presentation runs from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m.

Sirota and Warren will present information to and field questions from community members and leaders. Journalists are also invited to attend. Both experts will be available for media interviews.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Alexandra Forter Sirota, Director, NC Budget & Tax Center, 919.861.1468; Louisa Warren, Policy Advocate, NC Justice Center, 919.801.0465; Jeff Shaw, Director of Communications, NC Justice Center, 503.551.3615 (cell)