MEDIA ADVISORY: Together NC to host press conference on why "paying taxes is patriotic"

WHAT: Together NC press conference on why paying taxes is patriotic

WHEN: Wednesday, July 3, 11:00 a.m. or immediately following the end of the session

WHERE: South lawn of the NC State Capitol in downtown Raleigh
RAIN LOCATION: NC Justice Center, 224 S. Dawson Street

RALEIGH (July 3, 2013) — In advance of the Fourth of July, members of Together NC, a coalition of 120 advocacy groups and organizations from around the state, will gather on the State Capitol grounds today, July 3, at 11:00 a.m. to deliver a clear message: paying taxes is patriotic.

The Senate will pass their tax plan Wednesday morning. The plan reduces available revenue by nearly $1 billion when fully implemented and puts the state's public investments at risk. Over the years, it is these investments in public education, infrastructure, and the health and well-being of families that have set North Carolina apart from its neighbors, a leader in the South. 

As part of the press event, speakers will share analysis of the tax plan and present a petition — to be delivered to policymakers — signed by 7,000 North Carolinians who are opposed to tax cuts that will disproportionately benefit the wealthy and profitable corporations and shift the tax load to middle- and low-income taxpayers.

The event will also include an appearance by Russell the Public Investment Hound and incorporate a display of American flags and other patriotic visuals.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Alexandra Forter Sirota,, 919.861.1468; Jeff Shaw,, 503.551.3615 (cell).