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Lawmakers should help fund storm recovery by halting further corporate tax cuts

Hurricane Matthew has caused extensive damage to the very foundations of communities in eastern North Carolina. While not getting the attention that Floyd did in 1999, it is actually much larger in scope, with 20,000 more homes damaged or destroyed than in 1999. In the face of such devastation, there is opportunity to rebuild our communities stronger than before if North Carolina leaders plan for smart investments.

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New school year highlights NC’s ongoing failure to invest in child and community well-being

Every year as students from pre-school through college return to the classroom, North Carolinians have a window through which to see how our collective investments match up to the needs of communities.

Are classrooms crowded? Are children ready for Kindergarten? Do schools have the resources to deliver a 21st century education? Do parents need to provide more and more personal resources to fill the gaps?

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Is this as good as it gets for North Carolina?

Over the next year North Carolinians will find out the results of an experiment that began July 1. On that date, a new state budget took effect that is based, not on the level of public investment needed ...
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False claims drive the Senate’s proposal for a constitutional income tax cap

Earlier this week, the state Senate unveiled, debated and passed a new version of House Bill 3 — a proposal to enact multiple changes to the state Constitution. Most notably, the new version of the bill includes provisions ...
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State budget agreement doubles down once more on regressive tax policies

After lengthy negotiations, North Carolina House and Senate leaders have reached a final budget agreement in recent days that they intend to pass into law before week’s end. As has been the case for the last several years, ...
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Senate tax measure would take away the voices of North Carolinians, hurt communities

How much people should pay in taxes is a question that often stirs heated debate. That’s a good thing. The essence of democracy is for two sides to make their cases and see what happens. Well, the days ...
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Legislative budget proposal would lock in a formula for failure

Just a few weeks into the 2016 state legislative session, North Carolinians already are seeing how limited policymakers’ aspirations are for the future of the state’s communities and families. First, the Governor proposed a state budget that fell ...
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North Carolina’s big “tax swap” is coming up short

Tax Day 2016 is upon us and it’s clearer than ever that North Carolina’s recently re-formulated tax code is failing to fulfill its purpose of ensuring that every community can thrive. Rather than collecting the badly needed revenue to meet the growing—and changing—needs in communities across the state, policymakers instead chose to shift the tax load onto everyday North Carolinians and reduce available dollars for educating every child, stewarding our natural resources and jumpstarting economic development.

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State leaders should heed message in success of Connect NC bonds

By approving the Connect NC bond, North Carolina voters made a strong statement about their vision for the future. After years of hearing many state politicians belittle the role of public investment in building a strong economy, it ...
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Policymakers must focus on wages if North Carolina is to adapt to “the future of work”

The Institute for Emerging Issues at N.C. State wrapped up its annual public policy forum last week. The forum brings together leaders from across the state each year to discuss issues of importance to the well-being of the state. This year the topic was “the future of work” -- the ways in which automation and technology are changing how we work and the relationship between workers, employers, consumers and communities.

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