Here is the list of Legislative Goals that MOAA has as their priority for addressing before the current session of Congress:
• Sustain military pay comparability with the private sector
• Block erosion of Basic Allowance for Housing and commissary benefits
• Bar disproportional TRICARE fee hikes
• Prevent Medicare/ TRICARE payment cuts
• Protect military retirement/COLAs
• Sustain wounded warrior programs and expand caregiver support
• End disabled/survivor financial penalties
• Fix Guard/Reserve retirement
• Improve spouse and family support
• Assure timely access to the VA, and eliminate the VA claims backlog
* The NC Council, Chapters, Legislative chairs and members of our state chapters are encouraged to weigh in on these, and any other issues that may be deemed important, by contacting their state and national legislative representatives.
* Remember that MOAA's imprimatur is "One Powerful Voice©," which means that your input is essential...
Follow the below link to open/read the MOAA publication on state by state efforts to support, or lack support, on issues important to the military...active, retired and surviving spouses.
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August 22, 2014
* The below information, along with the attached, downloadable file - The 4th Branch End of Session Report 2014 for MOAA Website - were received from Sherry Melton, Ken Melton & Associates, and summarize the 4th Branch analysis regarding: 1) Legislative Priorities; 2) Revenue Roadblocks for Equal Tax Treatments; 3) Future Tax Reform Plans; and 4) a Bills Report.
* The North Carolina Council recommends all Chapters read and further provide this information to members to keep them informed of important legislative issues facing the military, and taxpayers of North Carolina.
* The 2014 “short session” of the NC General Assembly finally came to an end on Wednesday, Aug. 20, seven weeks after the start of the state’s new fiscal year. The legislative session began with predictions from House and Senate leaders that they would finish the state’s business by late June or early July. Protracted disagreements over important bills (a revised state budget, insurance coverage for autism therapy, coal ash management, Medicaid reform, regulatory reform, and a new public-private economic development partnership) caused one delay after another, however. Add to the controversial issues a $445 million budget hole and the fact that 2014 is an election year and it is not necessarily surprising that the legislative session was a difficult and contentious one, or that state legislators could not even agree on how or when to finalize their work and return to their districts.
* At one point near the end of the session, there were actually up to six different “Adjournment Resolutions” eligible for consideration – some of which had lawmakers returning to Raleigh in August and November to continue work on unresolved issues that were holding up adjournment. In the end, however, the adjournment resolution that both chambers passed did not call for legislators to return to the state’s capital city before the start of the regular 2015-16 legislative session in January.
* Gov. Pat McCrory could still call the legislature into a special session for a specific reason before January, but it is unclear at this point whether he would do so. Some economic development professionals and state lawmakers from eastern North Carolina are currently petitioning the governor to do so soon so that they can work on an agreement for economic development funds, or incentives, to potentially help the state Department of Commerce land employers purportedly looking at locating in the state and bringing jobs with them.
July 10, 2014
*The Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission report that was released on July 3, 2014 has confirmed what MOAA has reported all along... military personnel costs have remained steady at 30% of the defense budget for more than 30 years.
* Click on the below link to open MOAA's website and read the information from Col. Mike Hayden, USAF Ret., MOAA's Director of Government Relations who regularly testifies before the Congress on this issue.
* Thank you MOAA for keeping the pressure on the Congress and holding the line to protect unwarranted cuts to military pay and benefits.
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From NCCOC President, Jeri Graham
* The web site listed below is the link to the Lobbying Directory, which is being provided to you as a designated individual or as an ethics liaison for an employing entity pursuant to the N.C. Gen. Stat. § 120C-220.
* The below Lobbying Directory file is a size that makes it difficult for some users to download it via email. As a result, a website has been created for you to download directly the file from the source.
* You may expect to receive the Lobbyist Directory approximately every 20 days while the General Assembly is in session and every 60 days thereafter.
Should your e-mail address change, should you cease to be a designated individual pursuant to Chapter 120C (Lobbying Act) or an ethics liaison for an employing entity, or should you have difficulty receiving this e-mail or opening the attachment, please contact the Lobbying Compliance Division of the Department of the Secretary of State at (919) 807-2170.
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From National MOAA Council and Chapter Affairs
* To better facilitate the health and vitality of the council and chapter system, national MOAA facilitates periodic training webinars to address key council and chapter management issues that serve as the foundation for your long-term success.
* Recently, Col Mike Hayden, USAF (Ret), Director, Government Relations, offered specialized training for those wishing to learn more about the roles and responsibilities for the legislative chair/liaison position, grassroots advocacy efforts and legislative priorities.
* MOAA received an extremely large volume of responses for the webinar and were required to add a second “live” session. Unfortunately, we were sill not able to accommodate everyone and had a very long waiting list of interested members. We apologize for the inconvenience.
- The recorded session of the legislative affair training webinar, for those unable to participate or those who wish to review, is now posted to the website and may be viewed at the below link:
- For login assistance, please contact MOAA’s Member Service Center at 1-800-234-6622 until 6 PM EST. Thank you all for your membership and support.
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Does Membership in MOAA Matter??
* Following up on the below posting that discussed action underway to repeal the HUGELY unpopular proposal by the Congress to reduce annual COLA payments to military personnel under aged 62, the below link to an article from military.com verifies that such an action is imminent.
* In remarks on the webpage, "You guys have already won," Sen. James Inhofe (Okla.), ranking Republican, assured military association leaders who testified against the recent devaluation of military retirement as part of the Bipartisan Budget Act."
* Sen. Inhofe's reference was not only a testament to the unrelenting efforts on the part of MOAA to support military personnel, but it also reflects the pressure brought to bear on the Congress from the hundreds of thousands of e-mails sent in by MOAA members, and others, who subscribe to the weekly "Legislative Alerts" on the national website and enables sending communications to federal, state and local representatives to guarantee they understand the concerns of service personnel - active, retired, Guard and Reserve, former, and the surviving spouses of those for whom the Congress was getting ready to "break their promise!"
Thank you MOAA, and thank you everyone for answering the call to the Legislative Alerts on this issue.
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