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  •  I hope so, too, Winglion dear (27+ / 0-)

    There are actions every day while the NC legislature is in its "short session" this year (only 4-6 weeks on even-numbered years; 6-9 months on odd-numbered years). Today when a group of us presented an oversized check to NC House Speaker Thom Tillis on behalf of "traditional North Carolinians" (he made a statement recently intimidating that African Americans and Latinos are not "traditional" North Carolinians and that population growth in those demographics -- NOT the Great Recession or the refusal to accept funds that come with accepting Medical expansion through ACA -- are partly responsible for our budget troubles).

    There was also a huge crowd of teachers talking with legislators about the cuts to public education. And another group of families in need of medical assistance talking with lawmakers about drastic cuts to the state Medicaid budget.

    I've taken three groups of senior citizens from the retirement community in my neighborhood to talk with legislators about the impact of the 2013 tax laws on their ability to keep up with bills. Their voices need to be heard; they have no one to advocate for them when the legislature decides to tax their medical services and then eliminate the medical-expense deduction from state taxes.

    There are small wins. HB 1202 was filed this session and (if passed and signed into law) would permit medical-expense deductions for those 65 and older.

    We just have to get out the vote this fall and elect more common-sense legislators in our state government and do all we can to keep the US Senate blue.

    Support voting rights in N.C. with a donation to Southern Coalition for Social Justice for legal challenges and to help voters prove eligibility under our new voter-suppression law. #MoralMonday

    by MsSpentyouth on Wed Jun 25, 2014 at 05:32:10 PM PDT

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