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Don’t miss next Tuesday’s preview of the legislative budget debate

By far the most important piece of legislation that will be debated during the upcoming “short session” of the General Assembly is the budget bill. Teacher pay, healthcare, environmental protection, courts and prisons — all of these areas and scores more depend on adequate appropriations and, ultimately, a just and healthy state tax structure. It’s critical, therefore, that advocates arm themselves with the best and most up-to-date facts and data in order to be informed contributors to the debate.

To this very important end, you won’t want to miss next Tuesday’s Crucial Conversation luncheon:

America’s most dangerous policy addiction (and the threat it poses to the common good)

Featuring Dr. Michael Leachman, Director of State Fiscal Research with the State Fiscal Policy division of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

Click here to register

America’s addiction to regressive tax policy – at both the national and state levels – poses an increasingly serious threat to the national wellbeing. Whether it’s abetting the ongoing demise of the middle class and broadly shared prosperity, starving and endangering the essential public structures and services that knit together our society or undermining people’s belief in government as an honest broker and impartial arbiter, the relentless drive to slash taxes on wealthy individuals and profitable corporations is changing our country dramatically and for the worse.

Dr. Michael Leachman of the Washington, DC-based Center on Budget and Policy Priorities is one of the most insightful observers and prolific analysts of this troubling trend. For the past decade, Leachman has researched a range of state fiscal policy issues including the impact of federal aid, the debt states owe in their Unemployment Insurance trust funds, and the wisdom of state spending limits. Prior to joining the Center on Budget, he was a policy analyst for nine years at the Oregon Center for Public Policy (OCPP), a member of the State Priorities Partnership. His work at OCPP included research on corporate income taxes, reserve funds, spending limits, the Earned Income Tax Credit, food stamps, and TANF.

Leachman will be joined by Alexandra Sirota, Director of the North Carolina Budget and Tax Center, who will provide a preview of the critical fiscal policy debates that are expected during the upcoming legislative short session that commences May 16.

When: Tuesday May 15 at 12:00 noon — Box lunches will be available at 11:45 a.m.

Where: ***NOTE: DIFFERENT LOCATION THAN USUAL*** The North Carolina Advocates for Justice Building at 1312 Annapolis Drive (near the intersection of Wade Ave. and Oberlin Rd.) in Raleigh.

Space is limited – preregistration required.

Cost: $15, admission includes a box lunch. Scholarships available.

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

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