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The North Carolina House and Senate leaders are now negotiating a final state budget. It’s likely that the end result will be significantly different from Governor Cooper’s recommended budget for 2017-2019, which was released in March. Some of the largest gaps between the budgets of Cooper, the House, and the Senate are in economic development and education. Below, we highlight a few of these differences.
At this past Thursday’s Crucial Conversation (“One year later: What now for HB2?”) multiple audience members asked ACLU of NC legal director Chris Brook for his take on the impact of the Trump administration on HB2, as well as the broader question of what the fight over HB2 means for LGBTQ rights more generally.
“There’s a general interest in what’s going to happen next in the litigation. What is the the impact of our new administration in Washington? And are there aspects of the litigation that deal with the general issue of discrimination against LGBT people, not just about bathrooms, but in terms of employment, and housing, and accommodations.” – Rob Schofield
“The thing that I’ve been saying since the passage a year ago, is that we need to quit calling this “the bathroom bill.” We need to start calling it HB2. And that’s not because we need to be afraid of talking about bathrooms. We need to talk about bathrooms; we are going to win those arguments. It’s just inaccurate though!” – Chris Brook
Environmental justice concerns are particularly acute near coal-fired power plants and coal ash sites. Of the 22 power plants in North Carolina, more than half are located in ZIP codes where the percentage of people living below the poverty level is greater than the state average. *Read the full story here.
Data from the US Commission on Civil Rights