RALEIGH, NC – March 20, 2013 North Carolina Democratic Party (NCDP) Chair Randy Voller released the following statement in response to Gov. McCrory’s budget unveiling:
McCrory Budget: Can he stand up to General Assembly?
“What we’re seeing with this budget is the Republican Party’s continued commitment to austerity policies for North Carolina and for our nation. This is a status-quo budget that continues to tax the poor to feed the rich,” Voller advised. “When push comes to shove, will the Governor be able to stand up to this radical, reactionary legislature or will he continue to serve as their rubber stamp—as he has when it comes to slashing unemployment benefits, rejecting health care expansion and increasing taxes on our middle and low-income hardworking families?” Voller concluded.
ICYMI: Tillis and Berger Endorsed Extreme Ryan Budget
March 19, 2013 Just one day before Pat McCrory releases his budget for North Carolina, the Raleigh News and Observer’s Under the Dome took a closer look at where Thom Tilils and Phil Berger stand on the extreme Ryan budget plan that would end Medicare as we know it and make devastating cuts to middle class investments. Not surprisingly, Tillis and Berger are in lockstep with Paul Ryan’s plan that would leave seniors in North Carolina hanging out to dry and abandon investments in the state’s future. Will they translate these backwards priorities to North Carolina’s budget?
GOP Continues Erosion of North Carolina Education
March 19, 2013 With Leader Berger’s education package announcement, N.C. Republican leadership continued its concerted effort to erode public education in North Carolina. The legislation would impose an unfair grading system, dictated by legislators in Raleigh, which could disenfranchise so-called “low performing” schools in the most vulnerable North Carolina communities. North Carolina Democratic Party (NCDP) Chair Randy Voller denounced the proposal in a prepared statement:
Governor Jim Hunt visited with State Party Chair Randy Voller on February 26th at the State Headquarters in Raleigh. They discussed many legislative issues and many opportunities for the Democratic Party. Governor Hunt autographed his book "Jim Hunt: A Biography" for Chairman Voller writing "To Randy Voller, our State Democratic Chairman, whom I respect and admire."
Governor Hunt expressed enthusiasm about working with Chairman Voller and First Vice Chair Nina Szlosberg-Landis on a new NCDP initiative to honor Democrats by inducting them into a Democratic Party Hall Of Fame. The inductees will be announced annually at the J-J Dinner.
February 07, 2013 Randy Voller, the newly-elected chairman of the North Carolina Democrats, holds a press conference from party headquarters in Raleigh to outline his vision for the party's future and goals during his two-year term.
Chairman Randy Voller Delivers the NCDP's 2013 State of the State Address
Tuesday, February 18, 2013
Tonight, we will hear from the Governor during the State of the State address. This will be, more or less, the official debut of Governor McCrory’s proposals and vision for North Carolina as the top executive.
But, over the past three weeks we’ve already had a sneak peek of the Governor’s vision for this state and let me tell you, the picture ain’t pretty.
What we’ve seen in a matter of weeks, is an all-out assault on our uninsured, the unemployed and the poor--the least of these among us--from our Governor McCrory and this GOP-legislature.
This is a war on the poor and a war on the hardworking taxpayers of this state.
Democrats’ top priority is to get the North Carolina economy roaring again. We want fairness and accountability so hardworking taxpayers who pay their fair share and play by the rules can get ahead. That is the centerpiece of the American dream. And they are creating a nightmare on Jones Street.
The Republicans have inherited a great state and when you are an heir, it is your job to grow the estate.
Despite GOP claims, North Carolina is not broken. We’re consistently ranked as one of the best states to do business. And Democrats and Republicans in the past have worked together to do this.
We have the best public university system in the nation--hailing from the first public university in our nation’s history. One of the top community college systems in the country. Nationally acclaimed pre-K programs. And we have maintained our triple A bond rating, despite the recession.
These are the things that have made North Carolina the beacon of progress and prosperity in the South. But, the Governor and his legislature are tone-deaf to these ideals. And instead they are set on an uncharted path that would destroy the livelihood of our uninsured, unemployed and the poor and hurt hardworking tax-payers.
The tax plan currently working its way around the General Assembly is an unfair burden on North Carolina’s working families--they pay more while big corporations and the wealthy pay less. It’s a philosophy of tax the poor to feed the rich.
Current legislation being considered would raise the sales tax from 6.75% to 8.05% and quadruple the current tax on groceries from 2% to over 8%. These rates will disproportionately burden low-income families and their livelihood and hurt hardworking tax payers.
The legislature has rejected 100% federally-funded benefits for the unemployed and slashed benefits for people who lost their jobs through no fault of their own. Forgoing $1.5 billion in economic activity this year and denying 170,000 North Carolinians the benefits they are entitled to under federal law.
The legislature has failed to expand access to healthcare. The denied medicaid expansion would have created approximately 23,000 jobs and added $1.5 billion to our state GDP, according to estimates. It would have helped families with the cost of health care and saved lives by expanding coverage. Instead, reactionaries in the General Assembly would rather deny healthcare to hardworking tax paying North Carolinians.
Last week, a new proposal was introduced to legalize loan sharking by reauthorizing payday lending. Now who was asking for that? Hard working tax payers or the lobbyists?
And, of course, we’ve seen the ultimate power grab to fire approximately 170 qualified members of independent boards and commissions so that the Governor and the GOP legislature can appoint their political friends creating a pay-to-play culture that is not representative of what is best for North Carolina’s families.
So, the question becomes at what point does Governor McCrory stand up to this radical, reactionary legislature and side with the hard-working tax paying families of North Carolina? That’s who he was at the Mayor of Charlotte.
I call on the Governor and the GOP majority to work with Democrats to build on what’s right with our great state. Let’s set a positive, pro-growth agenda in a bi-partisan manner that brings our state fully into the 21st Century. Let’s quit reactionary programs of social engineering and start investing in our communities.
Let’s invest in the education of our children--this state’s future. Let’s build up our infrastructure and expand access to broadband so that our small businesses can fully compete in the global economy of the 21st Century.
The Democrats remain committed to these ideas that will expand and grow our great state. It is my hope that the Governor will join us in this mission and we can work together to build on the progress that has made this state great.