NAACP Lobbies On Education, Minimum Wage and Death Penalty Moratorium
The state chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) held their annual lobby day at the General Assembly on Wednesday. In laying out its annual legislative agenda, the civil rights group encouraged legislators to support members' priorities, such as improving education for at-risk students, increasing the minimum wage, a temporary halt in execution, and increasing home ownership. House Speaker Jim Black told the gathering of more than 250 people later that the minimum wage bill could re-surface in a different version before the session ends this year. The NAACP also reaffirmed its support for a moratorium on executions. The NAACP crowd, which included dozens of teenagers, also heard from Senate President Pro Tem Marc Basnight and some Democratic Council of State members, including Lt. Gov. Beverly Perdue, Attorney General Roy Cooper and State Treasurer Richard Moore.