The NC Senate is rolling out its version of the 2011-2013 state budget this week – and it cuts many vital programs even more than the House version. Legislative leaders say there’s not enough money, but that’s because they won’t close tax loopholes for wealthy special interests that are protected by big campaign donations and that cheat the rest of us out of $1 billion in tax revenues a year. Instead of even just keeping existing tax rates and loopholes, the state Senate wants to cut taxes and lay off teachers, close libraries and parks, stop safety regulations, and give corporations more license to run society for private investors, not the public interest. The H K on J coalition and NAACP are calling a “State of Emergency” Peaceful Hearing and Speak-out at the General Assembly on Tuesday, May 24 at 4 pm in the Third Floor Auditorium, 16 W. Jones Street, Raleigh. Come and voice your concerns about what legislative leaders are doing to voting rights, criminal justice, jobs, women’s rights, the environment, education, healthcare and more.