Together NC, a coalition of more than 100 advocacy groups, is launching a web-based repository intended to track the real-life consequences of the state budget.
"It will have local data on employment statistics, jobs lost, to put the economic context around what's been happening with the budget," said Rob Thompson, a Together NC coordinator. It'll be called On The Chopping Block, at TogetherNC.org.
Thompson said the site will act as a counter to assertions by House Speaker Thom Tillis "that the budget has not had a negative impact in a lot of ways, and if it has it's not their fault."
Together NC argued earlier this year for the legislature to keep the temporary sales taxes and income tax surcharges. Thompson said he doesn't think that the legislature will go back and revisit that decision, but that the site will be the basis for a good argument that they should not make more cuts.