The South Carolina Green Party endorses the Rally For A Moral Budget 1:00 PM, Saturday, March 12 at the South Carolina State House.
The rally is not accepting formal sponsorships by any political party. This nonpartisan event, drawing together South Carolina religious organizations, labor unions, public workers and civic organizations will demonstrate our support for a SC budget that preserves and protects the interests of the people.
Speakers will present the moral arguments for resisting cuts, as well as highlighting proposals to reform the state government, tax structure, and budget process.
It is especially important to share information and meet when desperate cuts are being planned as though there were no alternatives. The South Carolina legislature cannot be permitted to balance the budget through regressive taxation while favoring non-essential programs like school vouchers.
The cuts proposed by both the SC state and US federal government will severely impact the poor and middle class. Salary cuts and layoffs of public workers will surely further depress the SC economy.
Workers in Wisconsin are threatened with the loss of labor rights. We in South Carolina, who do not enjoy the right to organize freely, should demonstrate for genuine labor rights in this state, and the preservation and extension of such rights around the country..
We enthusiastically encourage everyone who can to attend the rally at 1:00 PM, Saturday, March 12 at the South Carolina State House. Please contact the South Carolina Progressive Coalition and help popularize and distribute information about the rally around the state.
A press conference was held on March 7 in Greenville, and was covered by WYFF Channel 4 News.
Flyer and info for the rally:
Join the emergency call for a moral budget in South Carolina. Our political leaders claim there is no alternative to further cuts to critical state services. We believe there is an immediate and fair alternative through tax reforms.
A growing number of religious, community and business groups are calling on politicians to reform the state’s antiquated tax structure.
- Sales and service tax exemptions left nearly $4 billion out of the state budget last year.
- 60% of South Carolinians paid no state income tax last year.
- Facing an $800 million shortfall to maintain bare-bones state services, increasing tax revenue is a moral imperative.
Church World Service • SC AFL-CIO • SC Alliance for Retired Americans • SC Christian Action Council • SC Education Association • SC Employees Association • SC NAACP • SC Progressive Network • SC School Boards Association • Ties That Bind
To become a sponsor, or for materials to organize in your community, contact the SC Progressive Network at firstname.lastname@example.org, 803-808-3384.
- Download a rally flyer to send to friends, or to post at your workplace, church or business.
- RSVP on Facebook, and invite your online friends.
- Read “The Budget As A Moral Document” here.
- Read the SC Christian Action Council’s statement on the budget here.
- Download the SC Taxation Realignment Commission Report.
- Check out Reduce Our Awful Tax Rates (ROAR SC).
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