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Alexandra Forter Sirota

Alexandra Forter Sirota's articles and posts

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Proposed amendment requiring a voter ID is unnecessary and too costly

The power of the vote extends beyond any single electoral outcome. It has the potential to lift up important community issues, reorient the priorities of those elected to the interests of the people, and support an engagement process that extends into the policymaking process.

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Seize the moment: A checklist for rebuilding eastern NC after Hurricane Florence

The damage to communities and the lives of thousands of people in eastern North Carolina from Hurricane Florence is clear. The recovery process presents tremendous opportunities for North Carolina to rebuild with an eye towards a future where communities are resilient, local economies are inclusive and institutions—public and private—are committed to serving the community.

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State leaders look to lock in an economic system that is failing many, working for the few

In our economy there are two kinds of people: people who work for money and people whose money works for them. For years, North Carolinians have been told that when rich people and big companies get a tax cut we all benefit. For even longer, our country’s leaders have prioritized policies that give tax breaks to the rich and corporations with the same promises.

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N.C. lawmakers must change course to help rebuild from Florence and ensure resiliency

While we await the estimates of the full economic impact of Hurricane Florence – a number likely to total in the billions of dollars and to exceed damage inflicted by Hurricane Matthew just two years ago – it is clear that the storm’s effects are causing great harm to families and communities.

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New report: Income tax amendment would put schools, transportation, public health at risk

A new report from the North Carolina Budget and Tax Center finds that imposing an arbitrary income tax cap in the North Carolina constitution could fundamentally compromise our state’s ability to fund our schools, roads, and public health, as well as raise the cost of borrowing.

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New report explains why North Carolina should not give corporations yet another round of tax cuts

Big corporations and wealthy executives have been on quite a run. Corporate profits are at historic levels, stock prices are through the roof, and plush executive pay has become the norm. At the same time, corporate taxes have been slashed both here in North Carolina starting in 2013 and last December at the federal level.

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New report: The disastrous impact for NC of not renewing the DACA program for young immigrants

Congress has just a few days left this month to enact legislation that would address the immigration status of at least 1 million immigrants who arrived in this country as children after President Trump announced in September his plans to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) program. Failure to act will mean that beginning on March 6, 2018, 915 people on average will fall out of DACA status each day.

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Déjà vu: Another tax plan for the rich

President Trump and Congressional Republicans aim to rebrand enormous tax cuts for the wealthiest households and corporations as a boon to everyday Americans – but North Carolinians, in particular, should recognize this canard. We have heard it before in defense of state-level tax changes that have yet to pan out and that each day cause us to miss opportunities to boost our communities’ well-being.

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Update from Washington: What’s at risk for NC as CHIP, Trump tax plan take the stage

With the effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act now on hold for the time being, Congress is turning its attention to other matters that have the potential to have significant impacts on North Carolina. The following essays from N.C. Budget and Tax Center experts Luis Toledo and Alexandra Sirota examine two that rank high on the list -- re-authorization of the Children's Health Insurance Program and President Trump's proposed tax cut plan.

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What you need to know about the new state budget

Lawmakers miss opportunities for progress; double down on austerity and trickledown economics

Lawmakers have passed a new state budget that will serve as a roadmap for how North Carolina will operate for the next two years — unfortunately, this roadmap has numerous potholes and an unclear destination. It does not reflect the spending decisions that can drive better economic outcomes or strengthen the connection to opportunity for every community across the state.

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