The human costs of balancing the state budget will be the topic of a town-hall discussion in Asheville on Monday, May 18. Hosted by NC Together, the discussion is one of four taking place across the state as North Carolina grapples with a major budget shortfall and the legislative decisions necessary for the next budgetary year. The discussion focus will be on the importance of public programs and services and their place in the budgetary process.
Together NC is a collection of more than 60 nonprofit organizations, service providers and professional associations. In addition to Asheville, town-hall discussions will take place in Charlotte (May 28), Fayetteville (May 18) and Pittsboro (June 4). The Asheville meeting will take place from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at United Way for Asheville and Buncombe Co., 50 S. French Broad Ave.
Additional information on the town hall discussion series, and how to register, is available at Together NC’s Web site, which notes that the organization promotes a “21st century revenue system for our 21st century economy.” In addition to United Way of NC, members of the organization with local affiliates include AARP NC, Children First/Communities in Schools of Buncombe County, NAMI NC and the NC Council of Churches.
— Nelda Holder, associate editor