The Arc of NC issues a statement regarding the passage of the Senate Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

Posted by The Arc of North Carolina

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 4, 2017

Typically, The Arc of North Carolina does not comment on policy or legislation that involves tax reform. The Senate Tax Cuts and Jobs Act does include language that cuts funding for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). The focus of our statement is on these specific cuts and not on the bill as a whole. The Arc of North Carolina is a non-partisan organization. Our mission includes advocating for the programs, services, and policies that impact those with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Today, The Arc of North Carolina released the following statement regarding the passage of the Senate Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

The Arc of North Carolina is deeply disappointed at the passage of the Senate Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. This unnecessarily-rushed legislation lacked due process, and time for meaningful stakeholder input. Non-partisan analysis from the Congressional Joint Committee on Taxation suggests higher deficits, higher taxes for many Americans, and less resources to invest in programs that improve people’s lives and strengthen communities.

As tax policy experts sift through the final analysis of the Senate Tax Cuts and Jobs Act as passed, it doesn’t take an expert to know who will be hit hardest: individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. When you remove $1.5 trillion dollars in revenue through permanent tax cuts to corporations and temporary cuts to individuals and families and outline a pay-for of massive reductions to programs like education, housing, Medicaid and Social Security, priorities are clear.

Last week, the News and Observer ran this article featuring Willie, a fifty-year-old man who lives with a disability and uses a motorized wheelchair and a communication board. With Medicaid dollars, Willie has supports, tools, and resources to live in the community, to go to work, and to earn a paycheck. A valued employee of PPD in Wilmington for over ten years, Willie has the respect of his colleagues and gives back to his community, spearheading any number of food drives and holiday donations.

What makes a community strong? Willie can tell you. He lives it: access to quality education, health, housing, meaningful employment, friendship, infrastructure and transportation. These fundamental programs change lives, strengthen families, and improve rural and urban communities alike.

The Arc of North Carolina, along with our statewide chapter network, has worked with and for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families for 65 years. Not only do we see first-hand how policy impacts people, we know their names, and they will continue to watch the House and Senate priorities closely.