The Honorable Beverly Eaves Perdue Office of the Governor 20301 Mail Service Center Raleigh, NC 27699-0301 January 18, 2011 Dear Governor Perdue, Thanks to your work and the wisdom of your predecessors, North Carolina is widely recognized as a state with a high quality of life – a great place to live, work, do business, grow up and grow old. As you well know, our state is facing staggering economic challenges that, coupled with an outdated revenue system, have put profound pressures on our state’s fiscal health. More than two years of tothe-bone state budget cuts have put our state’s public investments—our public schools, higher education, transportation, and public health and safety—at risk. With another staggering budget shortfall looming, our state stands at a crossroads. One road leads to the future. The other puts us back decades. As the Governor of our great state, you have the opportunity to chart a path forward for North Carolina that puts us on the road to recovery and future economic prosperity. We, as Together NC, a group of more than 120 non-profit organizations, service providers, and professional associations who have come together to promote wise choices for shared prosperity for all North Carolinians, urge you to choose the path to the future. To pave a path to the future, you must take a balanced approach to our state’s fiscal crisis, which includes raising revenue. And not just any revenue, but revenue solutions that are adequate, stable and fair. Doing so will take courageous leadership and we know you are up to the task. The alternative—taking a cuts-only approach to the state budget—should simply not be an option. Such an approach will decimate the public investments we’ve spent decades building and cripple our state’s recovery. Throughout its history, North Carolina’s greatest successes as a state have been closely tied to its willingness to make significant public investments – whether it was public schools, higher education, transportation, or public health and safety. In short, we have been at our best when we’ve pulled together to build for the future. Now is the time to bring that kind of spirit to bear once again. As you craft your budget, we strongly urge you to stand up for the kind of North Carolina we want to live in, now and into the future. Put all options on the table, including new, reform-minded revenue. And march us forward, not backwards. Thank you for your service to this state and we look forward to working with you. Sincerely, The more than 120 members of Together NC [see reverse for organizations]
Together NC Member Organizations AARP NC Action for Children North Carolina Action Center For Justice Albemarle Area United Way Alcohol and Drug Council of North Carolina American Friends Service Committee Association for Home and Hospice Care Autism Society of NC Be Healthy Ministries BJM Speech/Language Therapy & Rehab Inc. Capital Area Friends of Transit Caring Arms Youth and Family Carolina Justice Policy Center Center for Participatory Change CFED Children and Family Services Association of NC Cheshire Center Child Care Health Consultant Program Children First/Communities in Schools of Buncombe County Coalition for Family Peace Coastal Speech Center Common Cause North Carolina Community Reinvestment Association of NC Community Service Network, Inc Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Fayetteville Covenant with North Carolina's Children, Inc. Cumberland Community Action Program, INC Democracy North Carolina Disability Action Network Disability Rights NC EITC Carolinas at MDC, Inc. El Pueblo, Inc. EMOTIONS Organization Fair Trial Initiative Family Violence and Rape Crisis Services FIRST First in Families of NC Fitness Motivations, Ltd. Friends of Residents in Long Term Care Girls Incorporated of Wilmington Good Work Guardian Ad Litem Progam, District 9 Guilford County ACORN IDA and Asset Building Collaborative of NC Just Economics League of Women Voters NC League of Women Voters Wake County Legal Services of Southern Piedmont MDC, Inc. Missions Unlimited, LLC MomsRising Ms. Bea's Childcare Center N.C. Community Action Association NAACP North Carolina NAMI Cabarrus NAMI NC
NARAL Pro-Choice North Carolina National Association of Social Workers-NC Chapter National Multiple Sclerosis Society NC Adult Day Services Association NC AFL-CIO NC Association for the Deaf NC Association of Local Health Directors NC Association of Long Term Care Facilities NC Association of Teacher Assistants NC Center for Nonprofits NC Child Care Coalition NC Coalition Against Domestic Violence NC Coalition Against Sexual Assault NC Coalition to End Homelessness NC Conservation Network NC Council of Churches NC Council of Community Programs NC Fair Share NC Housing Coalition NC Justice Center NC Latino Coalition NC Minority Support Center NC Policy Watch NC Psychological Association NC School Community Health Alliance NC Tuberous Sclerosis Association, Inc. NC Voters for Clean Elections North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE) NC Voters for Clean Elections North Carolina National Organization for Women (NC NOW) North Carolina Social Justice Project, Inc North Carolinians Against Gun Violence Partnerships in Assistive Technology People's Durham Perfectly Speaking, LLC Person Centered Partnerships, Inc. Planned Parenthood Health Systems, Inc. Planned Parenthood of Central NC Rocky Mount OIC SEANC/SEIU 2008 Self-Help Senior PharmAssist Sierraâ€™s Residential Services, Inc. Southeastern Speech Speech Language Disability Services Speechcenter, Inc. Teamsters Local 391 The Coalition (formerly Coalition 2001) Triangle Alliance for Retired Americans Triangle OWL UE 150 - North Carolina Public Service Workers Union United Way of North Carolina Venture Rehab Group Working Families Win Young Adults Making A Difference, Inc. YWCA of the Triangle
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Published on Jan 20, 2011
The over 120 organizations of Together NC sent a letter to Gov. Perdue today asking her to STAND UP for a balanced approach to the budget. A...