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Don’t miss next week’s Crucial Conversation in Charlotte

With the debates over state tax policy taking center stage these days, now is a good time to focus on one of the critical aspects of the discussion: the impact on fairness. If you live in or near the Queen City, don’t miss an opportunity next Thursday April 25 to hear from two extremely knowledgeable experts this subject. Here are the details:

Tax the poor, feed the rich?

Why making North Carolina’s tax system even more regressive is a terrible idea

Featuring nationally acclaimed author and policy expert, Dr. Katherine Newman.

Click here to register.

North Carolina’s elected leaders have promised to enact major tax policy reform legislation this year. Unfortunately, all of the proposals under serious consideration thus far would further shift the responsibility for funding public structures and services away from corporations and wealthy individuals and toward the low- and moderate-income taxpayers who are already struggling in our tough economy.

What would be the likely impact of these proposals? According to Dr. Katherine Newman, it won’t be pretty.

Newman, the James B. Knapp Dean of the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences at Johns Hopkins University, has written or co-authored a dozen books, and has focused much of her scholarly work on the lives of the working poor and mobility up and down the economic ladder. She also has investigated the impact of tax policy on the poor, the history of public opinion’s impact on poverty policy, school violence and the impact of globalization on young people in Italy, Spain, Japan and South Africa, among other issues.

Her most recent book (in collaboration with Rourke O’Brien) is Taxing the Poor: Doing Damage to the Truly Disadvantaged (University of California Press, 2011), an analysis of the impact of regressive taxation on poverty-related outcomes.

Dr. Newman will be joined by North Carolina’s leading independent tax policy expert, Alexandra Sirota, the Director of the Raleigh-based North Carolina Budget and Tax Center. Sirota will provide the latest details on the tax policy debate in the General Assembly.

Don’t miss the opportunity to heart from these experts at this critical time.

Co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Charlotte-Mecklenburg.

When: Thursday, April 25, 2013, 12:00 pm— Box lunches will be available at 11:45 a.m.

Where: Harris Hall at the Levine Museum of the New South, 200 E. Seventh St. downtown Charlotte.

Cost: $10 — includes a box lunch (lunches will be available at 11:45 am)

Space is limited – pre-registration required.

Click here to register.

Questions?? Contact Rob Schofield at 919-861-2065 or rob@ncpolicywatch.com

5 Comments


  1. Doug

    April 16, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    too bad this is just going to be a pity party of progressives. Guess they are afraid of an actual debate with opposing views. The League of Women Voters needs to add “Liberal” to their name…but that would only serve to scare away membership if they really knew the views.

  2. Chris

    April 16, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    This website’s name doesn’t seem to stop yourself from visiting and posting on it. So… how do you make the leap to presume that female members of TLoWV would leave if ‘liberal’ was added to the name?

    Is this the kind of dialogue you expect women to have if the name were changed?

    “I really like the ideas about equal pay and living wages for all Americans, but I will not be associated with an organization that has the word ‘liberal’ in its name. I’d never!”

    “Yes, let’s go join or otherwise support other organizations that are hardly misnomers, like ‘Focus on the Family’ or ‘National Organization for Marriage’ or ‘Fox News Channel’ or ‘The Reason Foundation’ or ‘Project for a New American Century’ or ‘Concerned Women for America’ or etc etc etc.”

  3. Doug

    April 17, 2013 at 11:13 am

    Exactly, etc. etc.

  4. Jack

    April 17, 2013 at 11:52 am

    After what GOP Senator Tucker said you say progressives are afraid of an actual debate.

    In case you missed it Tucker said: “I am the senator. You are the citizen. You need to be quiet.”

  5. Doug

    April 18, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    And that applies here…how? Are you implying that is what these groups are saying, that the other side needs to sit down and shut up? I guess you like leftist lemmings….

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