Democratic Women of Catawba County Issue Brief
“When voters stay home, special interests win.” - Elizabeth MacNamara
Catawba County Voting Snapshot
Elections Have Consequences
In the 2010 election, Republicans took control of the NC General Assembly. Two years later, Republican Pat McCrory became governor. In 2014, Republicans retained control of the state government. Here are some consequences:
- Republicans dramatically reduced funding for public education. North Carolina used to be known for its commitment to education. The state now ranks 42nd in the nation for teacher pay, 47th for funding per pupil, and holds an overall national ranking of 50th.
- North Carolina, under Republican leadership, twice refused Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act. A December 2014 study shows expanding Medicaid in North Carolina:
- Would extend health care coverage to 500,000 more people and save lives
- Create 43,000 jobs
- Attract $21 billion in federal funding over five years
Further, Medicaid expansion would help rural communities by supplying federal funds to support struggling hospitals.
- Republicans abolished the Earned Income Tax Credit, which provides crucial support to working mothers and families, and ended long-term unemployment benefits.
- In 2015, lawmakers further restricted women’s reproductive health and freedom, cut funding for Planned Parenthood and limited sex education and pregnancy prevention.
Key North Carolina Voting Issues