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NC FAMILIES FIRST

INVESTING IN NORTH CAROLINA’S FAMILIES & FUTURE

MISSION

NC Families First believes in making North Carolina the greatest state in the nation to live, work, and raise a family. For decades thousands of new families moved to North Carolina every year, seeking the freedom to thrive. Unfortunately, North Carolina’s family-friendly reputation has taken a hit as state lawmakers prioritized corporate tax cuts over investments in education, health care, the environment, and an economy that works for every family. And to make things worse, those same lawmakers want to drag North Carolina backward by attacking reproductive rights, gun violence, stoking racial divisions, and discriminating against our LGBTQ neighbors and friends.

North Carolina deserves better. Our leaders should protect our freedoms – the freedom to vote, to breathe clean air and drink clean water, to access affordable healthcare, and to decide whether and when to grow our families. Protecting these freedoms helps all North Carolina families thrive.

PRIORITIES

COVER EVERYONE AND REDUCE HEALTH CARE COSTS

Expanding Medicaid would provide health coverage for more than 500,000 North Carolinians. For the hundreds of thousands that don’t have insurance and their families, health care is a looming threat. Nobody should have to delay urgent medical care because of worry that they might go bankrupt. For all those who are lucky enough to have insurance, our premiums, deductibles and prescription drug costs are rising precisely because the legislature has failed to expand Medicaid. North Carolina ranks 50th in the nation in health care costs!

North Carolina’s failure to expand Medicaid has also forced seven rural hospitals across the state to close and left dozens more teetering on the brink. Too many North Carolinians are at risk of losing their local hospital.

AN ECONOMY THAT WORKS FOR EVERYONE, NOT JUST THOSE AT THE TOP

Too many people in North Carolina are overworked and underpaid. We must change the status quo, so that North Carolina is a place where we can work together to achieve and share in broad prosperity for all. We support policies that bring down the costs of basic needs, like child-care, healthcare, education, and energy, and that create more good-paying, high-quality jobs for hardworking people.

It’s time we build an economy where prosperity grows from the bottom up, and the middle out, so that working families, small businesses, and family farmers have the opportunities and tools they need to build a good life.

But some politicians believe the economy should only work for a select few: their corporate mega-donors and wealthy friends in the top one percent. Instead of focusing on
giving struggling North Carolinians the help and breathing room they need, these politicians have used their time in office to slash taxes for corporations. They have done nothing to address skyrocketing costs, and have only made it more difficult to access high-quality, affordable education and healthcare.

PRIORITIZE PUBLIC EDUCATION

When parents think about the best place to raise their family, schools are always at the top of the list. North Carolina must recommit to public education from Pre-K to K-12 to post-secondary education. State lawmakers have prioritized more than a billion dollars in corporate tax cuts, rather than invest in public schools.

We support raising teacher pay to at least the national average, giving teachers the classroom supplies and technology they need, finding solutions to the historic inequity between rich and poor schools and making sure schools have what they need for a safe school year.

CLEAN WATER AND QUALITY OF LIFE

North Carolina has amazing resources, between the mountains, coast, parks, cultural amenities, clean water, clean air, access to fresh foods, and good health care options. But we must invest in our quality of life. Unfortunately, many politicians favor protecting polluters, like big oil and gas companies, that threaten our water supply.
Fracking, coal ash, hog waste, offshore drilling, and GenX threaten to contaminate our drinking water, lakes, rivers, and coastal waters. We support holding polluters accountable, including the expedient cleanup of coal ash waste that is paid for by the polluters, not ratepayers.

Fracking, coal ash, hog waste, offshore drilling, and GenX threaten to contaminate our drinking water, lakes, rivers, and coastal waters. We support holding polluters accountable, including the expedient cleanup of coal ash waste that is paid for by the polluters, not ratepayers.

PROTECTING PERSONAL FREEDOM

The U.S. Supreme Court has overturned Roe v Wade, giving state legislatures and courts the power to restrict access to abortion. The judicial philosophy underpinning the decision could also threaten access to contraception and same-sex marriage. North Carolina should be a place where the freedom to make intimate personal decisions, like whether and when to expand your family or who to marry, is protected.

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