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Alexandra Forter Sirota

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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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North Carolina now unprepared for next recession

When last week’s blizzard hit, North Carolinians got another reminder that tough times are easier to handle if you’re prepared. Those who stocked up on food and made sure they had a good snow shovel fared best. It’s ...
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National media site publishes inaccurate claims about unemployment insurance changes in NC

A recent opinion piece in Forbes Magazine wrongly claims that steps North Carolina took to reduce how much its unemployment insurance program provides to jobless men and women (and make benefits harder to collect) are somehow helping North ...
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Some simple and powerful truths about the North Carolina economy

North Carolinians have long recognized that for the state’s economy to work well, it must work well for everyone. That’s why we built the first public university system in the country. It’s why we encouraged private sector innovation ...
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Public investment falls, tax responsibility shifts

Public investments are essential building blocks of long-term economic growth and shared prosperity. Decades ago, North Carolina diverged from its Southern neighbors by investing in good roads, quality public schools and universities and early childhood programs. Since the ...
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Why we should actually be thankful for taxes

With Tax Day on our minds this week and state policymakers busy setting the state’s priorities for the next two years, now is an excellent time for North Carolinians to embrace the enormously positive impact that taxes have ...
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Five strategies for a fiscally responsible state budget

Paying for investments that spread prosperity (Editor’s note: The following is excerpted from a recent BTC Brief released by the North Carolina Budget and Tax Center.) North Carolina’s ability to compete and thrive in a dynamic 21st century ...
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NC Policy Watch top stories of 2014: It’s workers who are actually paying down NC’s unemployment insurance debt

[Editor’s note: During the holidays, NC Policy Watch is taking a look back at 2014 by featuring some of our top news stories and commentaries from the past 12 months. We hope you will enjoy them and feel ...
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