Tell your NC lawmakers to release the COVID-19 relief funds now
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, many North Carolinians – white, Black, and brown – are struggling to pay their rent, put food on the table, and get the care they need. As unemployment is at a record high, N.C. families need investments that help us be well, safe, and healthy right now. Meanwhile, state lawmakers are holding back nearly $2 billion in federal COVID-19 relief funds that could help.
The General Assembly’s refusal to release funds to support people and communities is going to hurt too many across our state and will slow our recovery.
The N.C. General Assembly passed the COVID-19 Recovery Act in early May, allocating nearly $1.6 billion in federal CARES Act dollars for COVID-19 relief in North Carolina.
These funds were critically important, but it is still less than half of the available $3.5 billion in federal CARES Act relief funds that were sent to our state.
The N.C. General Assembly needs to release these funds as soon as possible to support things like child care, local businesses and workers, food systems, housing assistance, and broadband access that can relieve suffering across our state due to COVID-19.
It’s also critical that these funds target the people most harmed by COVID-19 – people of color, women, and people who work (or were working) for low wages.
Contact your state lawmakers now and urge them to get the remaining COVID-19 relief funds out to communities right now in an equitable way, and let them know they need to be pushing U.S. Senators to pass more federal aid to our state and local governments.
Tell your state lawmakers that they need to release these funds now!
Legislators in Raleigh seem to be preparing to return home without finishing their work to ensure a robust response to COVID-19. Don’t let them return home without doing more to support the well-being of people and to contain the economic harm to businesses and communities.
CALL on your legislators to release funds now for people-first priorities.
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