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Alexandra Forter Sirota

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It’s workers who are actually paying down NC’s unemployment insurance debt

North Carolina’s unemployment insurance debt is being paid down, but a little recognized fact is that it is workers who have contributed the most towards its repayment — not employers. The debt itself was a result of the ...
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Defending the American Dream

As we pause this week to honor the service and sacrifices made by veterans to protect our freedom and the American Dream, we should not forget that for too many veterans the American Dream remains out of reach. ...
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Key pillars of a strong and fair economy are crumbling in North Carolina

A strong state Earned Income Tax Credit and a robust minimum wage are twin pillars that together form the foundation of a stronger economy — even for those with low-income jobs. Unfortunately, North Carolina state leaders recently demolished ...
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State budget preview: Why last year’s tax cuts are giving rise to big problems

It is increasingly clear that the changes to state law in the tax plan enacted last year by the North Carolina General Assembly and Governor McCrory are setting the stage for big problems this year and well into ...
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No “Carolina Comeback”– Just a “Carolina Setback” for too many jobless workers

In recent months, Governor McCrory and his supporters have pointed to a number of controversial steps lawmakers took in 2013, like cutting unemployment insurance, as being the catalyst for a “Carolina Comeback.”  A look at the evidence, however, ...
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Lost lessons from the Great Depression

As we reflect on the 50 years that have passed since President Lyndon Johnson launched America’s “War on Poverty,” it is also important to examine the nation’s public policy response to the most recent economic downturn that pushed ...
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Punishment of the poor only worsens economic hard times

An inaccurate and counter-productive pattern has reemerged of late in the way many powerful politicians talk about and understand poverty. And it is driving bad policy. The claims go something like this: the poor aren’t really poor and ...
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Reversing course on education and taxes needed for long-term prosperity

The new school year has barely begun, but it’s not too soon to grade North Carolina lawmakers and the governor on their commitment to education: FAIL. Teachers and students have come back to classrooms diminished by policymakers’ decision ...
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Political spin can’t hide flaws in tax deal

The political spinning began even before the ink had dried on the final tax deal between North Carolina House and Senate leaders and Governor McCrory, with some supporters inside and outside the legislature backing away from earlier claims ...
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Tax plans mean big cuts to state investments

Once upon a time, North Carolina’s policymakers pledged not to decrease investments in public schools, universities, parks or courts as they restructured our tax system. “Revenue-neutral” tax reform appeared to be a bedrock principle policymakers weren’t willing to ...
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