FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 20, 2015
NC NAACP and Forward Together Moral Movement Induct Pitt County Legislators into the Hall of Shame for Positions on Medicaid Expansion, Economic Justice, and Voting Rights Among Others
GREENVILLE, NC: The NC NAACP and Forward Together Moral Movement called out state legislators from Pitt County for their positions on Medicaid expansion, economic justice, and voting rights in Greenville on Monday night. They focused, in particular, on the legislative records of state representatives Brian Brown and Susan Martin and state senator Louis Pate, and inducted them into the 'Hall of Shame'.
Brown, Martin, and Pate all voted to cut the Earned Income Tax Credit, reduce unemployment assistance, and end same day registration, out-of-precinct voting, reduce the early voting period, and require a photo I.D. to vote in 2016 and after. They also voted to prohibit Medicaid expansion in North Carolina. The NC NAACP and Forward Together Moral Movement believe that these policy positions -- and others -- are morally indefensible, constitutionally inconsistent, and economically insane.
During the 2012 election, for example, 62% of ballots in Pitt County were cast during the early voting period. 2,675 new voters used same-day-registration, and 5,133 registered voters did not have a North Carolina photo ID.
If North Carolina expands Medicaid, 9,865 people in Pitt County would be covered by 2017. By 2020, Medicaid expansion would create 612 jobs, $326,800,000 in new business activity, and $2,693,000 in new tax revenue for Pitt County.
As of 2012, 39,993 people in Pitt County live in poverty. Its poverty rate of 24% is higher than the state average of 18%. And as of 2012, 43.7% of Pitt County residents were designated low-income.