Together NC is a coalition of scores of small and large nonprofits throughout the state. Here is their take on the budget “compromise” working its way through the General Assembly:
“RALEIGH (July 24, 2013) — The budget compromise between the North Carolina House and Senate likely to be passed this week and signed by Governor McCrory is indeed a compromise. This budget compromises our valued public investments such as K-12 education, community colleges, universities, and the quality of life in our state.
The tax plan signed into law today exacts over a $600 million price tag to our state at the same time that the budget proposes to cut teachers and teaching assistants, increase class sizes, increase tuition at community colleges, reduce NC Pre-K slots, defund drug treatment courts and cut funding for affordable housing projects. These are only a few of the damaging cuts this budget enacts.
The path to prosperity and competitiveness for North Carolina takes a devastating blow by underinvesting in education at all levels and our state will now have a deeper hole to dig itself out of to get back on track.”