On the morning of Tuesday, December 11th, 2012, more than 120 people representing nonprofit organizations, government, business, and other sectors from throughout WNC attended the 2012 Legislative Briefing at the AB Tech Enka campus. Allan Morse, United Way Advocacy Committee chair, moderated the program.
The NC State Budget
Allan Freyer, NC Budget & Tax Center, discussed the challenges of the NC economy coming out of the 2008 Recession and the impact the NC State budgets have had on jobs, nonprofits, and the key budget areas that North Carolina supports in education, health, public safety and more. Allan also provided a forecast for the 2013 session starting late January, 2013.
The Impact on Education, Income and Health
Jill Cox from United Way of North Carolina outlined some of the key changes that the NC General Assembly enacted in the last two years specifically in education and financial stability.
• the slide presentation
• the Companion Guide
Local presenters Elizabeth Brazas (the Community Foundation of WNC) and Jack Cecil (Biltmore Farms) discussed the issue of tax modernization and the importance that North Carolina have a tax code that provides revenues that are stable, equitable, and adequate.
- The NC Network of Grantmakers provided a handout that outlines more specifics, and the
- Institute for Emerging Issues has developed a “tax calculator” that people can work through to see how changes in the sales, personal income, and corporate tax rates affect the structural deficit in place now.
- Before you use the tax calculator be sure to check out this brief but excellent video that will walk you through the calculator with examples of how changes in what gets taxed can affect the deficit.
Finally, there were table discussions among the attendees on four key questions. We have compiled the comments here.
If you have questions about any of these materials, contact Ron Katz at United Way at 255-0696.