October 23, 2012
MOMS VS. MILLIONAIRES: Who will have a better 2013?
Before the end of 2012, Congress will face the challenge of addressing the expiring $5 trillion in tax cuts that were passed under Presidents Obama and Bush. So, the question is, who will have a better 2013: moms or millionaires?
In order to really help families in North Carolina, especially women and children, federal lawmakers should defend tax credits that help working families and oppose efforts to eliminate these credits to help pay for tax breaks for the wealthiest families in the state. Last week, the Center on Budget & Policy Priorities released a report that shows just 1.4 percent of North Carolina residents benefit from Bush tax cuts on income over $250,000, and .2 percent of NC estates benefit from estate tax changes made in 2009. At the same time, more than 500,000 North Carolinians benefit from improvements to key tax credits such as the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit.
Eliminating the expansion of these middle-class tax credits will only increase the burden for more than 1 million children and half a million families, including mothers who rely on these credits to provide for their family. More tax cuts for the richest North Carolinians will help far fewer people than protecting improvements to tax cuts for working families.
It's time that lawmakers support provisions passed by the Senate in July that would protect those mothers and extend improvements to tax credits and oppose those passed by the House that eliminated such improvements just to pay for extending the Bush-era tax cuts. These tax credits expansions make good economic sense for mothers and all Americans.
NC PRE-K: Executive Order adds 6,300 new slots
Last week, Gov. Perdue issued an Executive Order to allow the NC Pre-K program to open up 6,300 additional slots for at-risk children in North Carolina — the right move in protecting the future of our children.
Gov. Perdue's order ensures that more children will be better prepared for kindergarten by securing their place in NC Pre-K. Research has found how vital early childhood education is for our children, by helping students improve their language, literary and math skills, as well as 3rd grade test scores for all children in a jurisdiction with these programs.
Yet many others will still not have that opportunity. "When the General Assembly returns to work in January, let’s hope that they not only follow the Governor’s lead because of the court ruling, but that they fund early childhood programs because it’s the right thing to do by North Carolina’s youngest and most vulnerable residents," said Chris Hill, director of the Education and Law Project at the NC Justice Center.
A recent court decision affirmed that all eligible at-risk four-year olds that apply to the NC Pre-K program must be admitted, The North Carolina Justice Center was one of several organizations that filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the case that led to the Court of Appeals ruling.
Now it's up to state leaders to fund more openings for NC Pre-K and meet the need of the state's children. It's an investment in our state's future.
CAMPAIGN FOR BETTER CARE: Luncheon in Mooresville
Join the NC Justice Center and AARP NC on Wednesday, November 14 in Mooresville for the next Campaign for Better Care community meeting and make your voice heard on one of the most important, complex issues in North Carolina today.
The goals of the Campaign for Better Care are to:
- Make improvements in the health care system for vulnerable older adults
- Build a strong and lasting consumer voice for better health
Be sure your voice is heard! You can share your experiences and tell us what you think needs to change in the health care system. You will also learn about important programs from AARP, the Seniors' Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP), and others who will be available to answer your questions.
The free event will be held from 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. at the South Iredell Senior Center in Mooresville, NC. To reserve your seat, contact the Senior Center at 704-662-3337 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Nicole Dozier at email@example.com or 919-856-2146.
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