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The good people at Action NC and Progress NC are out with some new poll results courtesy of Public Policy Polling. The poll asked North Carolina voters four questions about education policy during the last week of  April. Here’s the Action NC release:

Majority of NC voter oppose school vouchers, limiting pre-K
New poll finds strong opposition to many forms of education disinvestment currently under consideration at General Assembly

Raleigh – More than 60 percent of North Carolina voters oppose a school voucher plan currently under consideration at the General Assembly, according to a new poll just released by Action NC and Progress NC. Read More

As you can see below, the good people at Action NC are speaking up and out against the General Assembly’s plan to make applicants for Work First assistance to take drug tests before they can obtain the pittance in benefits that the program provides.

Send the NCGA a Pee Cup

The North Carolina Senate has passed a bill requiring applicants of the welfare program known as WorkFirst  to first pay for, and then pass, a drug test before enrolling in the program.

cup1.gifThis bill is not law yet. With your help, we can send a strong message to our lawmakers.

You can send a pee cup to your State Senator with a small $8 donation to Action NC.

We will tell NC General Assembly that if they are going to require drug tests for North Carolina residents, then they should pee first. Read More

From the good folks at Action NC:

Community leaders challenge McCrory to veto anti-Medicaid expansion bill
Groups say Governor, General Assembly creating huge, irreversible problems for low-income North Carolinians.

Raleigh, NC – A group of community leaders, advocates and Medicaid recipients will gather on the grounds of the state Capitol Building today at noon to call on newly-elected Governor McCrory to push back against the overreaching General Assembly and veto the bill which blocks Medicaid expansion in North Carolina.

“Not only are the Governor and the General Assembly making life needlessly difficult for low-income North Carolinians, but are also rejecting $15 billion for our economy at large,” said Kevin Rogers, Policy and Public Affairs Director for Action NC. “There is absolutely no logical reason to oppose this expansion.” Read More

We’re wrapping up 2012 and dusting off our files here at N.C. Policy Watch, and came across this encouraging update from Action NC about a Charlotte family facing foreclosure by Bank of America on a home retrofitted for their disabled daughter.

The Sanchez family (mom Silvia with Jessica, 17, and Israel, 3). On the right is Hector Vaca of Action NC.

Jessica Sanchez, 17, suffers from spina bifida and her father had done the work himself to make sure Jessica was able to move about the home in her wheelchair. Gonzalo Sanchez, a construction work, had trouble finding jobs as a result of the recession, and the family fell behind on their mortgage. They held fundraisers, including car washes, donation drives and a barbecue in the backyard of their modest home in Charlotte’s Sugar Creek neighborhood in order to try to pay off the $20,000 Bank of America was demanding to avoid foreclosure.

Back in September, we wrote briefly about the Sanchez family’s plight, when they joined Action NC to protest at the bank’s headquarters in the midst of the Democratic National Convention. (Click here to read our prior post.)

After the Sanchez family’s pleas to Bank of America to reduce their mortgage payments reached the audiences of national media, Bank of America decided to work with the family, according to Action NC.

The bank righted their under-water mortgage by taking $63,000 off the principal and reduced the family’s monthly mortgage to $400 from the $917 the bank had been demanding.

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