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Three scary policy ideas that we are fighting this Halloween

This Halloween there are a lot of scary policy ideas out there that keep coming back from the dead.

Some policymakers at both the state and federal level have been so relentless in their pursuit of policies that will hurt people and communities across our state that they want to change the very rules that govern us.

We plan to match that zombie-like commitment to failed ideas with timely analysis, relentless mobilization, and alternatives that will work for our state. Because cutting off opportunity from people and erecting more barriers will take us further away from building a state where every community has the tools to deliver a high quality of life and every North Carolinian can connect to opportunity.

North Carolina needs policies that won’t set us on a path to a terrifying future. That is why this Halloween we are continuing to fight back with sound, timely analysis, and the mobilization of voters across North Carolina to show the terrifying future our policymakers seek to create is not the right way forward for our state.

Here are just three scary policy ideas that we are fighting this Halloween:

  1. Cutting off access to affordable health care is a high priority for the federal administration. Whether it is directly trying to repeal the Affordable Care Act – which is benefiting our state– or sabotaging the marketplace, efforts at the federal level will affect North Carolinians and the ability of people to receive the care to live healthy, productive lives. We are engaging diverse stakeholders from industry groups, directly affected North Carolinians, and their neighbors to push back in order to push forward affordable health care access for everyone.
  2. Delivering a massive tax giveaway to the wealthy is another idea that won’t seem to go away. At the federal level, President Trump and Congressional leaders have proposed tax cutsthat primarily benefit the wealthy and will make it difficult to invest in schools, health, and protecting our natural resources. These tax cuts are eerily similar to the ones that continue to be pursued in North Carolina. We are analyzing the impact of budget and tax choices on the daily lives of North Carolinians, showing the harm to local communities and mobilizing people to engage with their elected officials to follow proven approaches to growing the economy – not failed tax cut experiments.
  3. Blocking the opportunities to welcome immigrants and find a responsible pathway to citizenship for hundreds of thousands, including childhood arrivals, is an ongoing threat to our state’s economic and community well-being.The policy choices being considered at federal, state, and local levels that would eliminate pathways to citizenship and have revoked the temporary status provided to childhood arrivals are counter to the values of our country. We are helping young people who arrived here as children navigate the complex legal landscape as well as helping families prepare for emergencies, and advocating for a thoughtful approach to immigration.

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