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Not-so-hidden tax hikes

The General Assembly leadership has embraced the idea that raising taxes on low- and middle-income families is the way to reform the state’s tax code. In plan after plan, a pattern has emerged: tax cuts for the wealthy ...
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Out of Balance Bill in Senate Now Not the Only Option

The solution to the unemployment insurance debt making its way through the General Assembly at break neck speed is much worse than the problem. So bad in fact that it will dismantle a program that has served this ...
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Fixing North Carolina’s Unemployment Insurance system

It is a critical time in North Carolina for the unemployment insurance system to be working at its best. Unemployment remains high, long-term unemployment is at record levels and the state’s jobs deficit has not closed since the ...
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Why who pays taxes matters

If a plan proposed by a majority in the General Assembly goes forward, eight out of 10 North Carolinians will see their state taxes go up – and the very richest will see theirs go down. If that ...
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The right vote to get America back on track

As Americans, we always have celebrated the entrepreneurial spirit and strived for financial success, but fairness has been the shared value supporting those pursuits. It just goes against our founding fiber to give the rich tax breaks that ...
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Proud to pay taxes

As the final days of tax season come and go, North Carolinians are likely breathing a sigh of relief that they have fulfilled their duty this year. That responsibility for paying taxes is so rarely considered in the ...
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The lost decade in the fight against poverty

It seems that a middle-class life is increasingly out of reach for many North Carolinians. New data from the U.S. Census Bureau released last week shows that the state’s poverty rate bumped up to 17.5 percent in 2010, ...
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No jobs = no economic recovery

The official end of the Great Recession was marked by economists in June 2009 but more than twenty-four months later there has been little improvement in the jobs picture. Last month, according to the latest data from the ...
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A balanced approach: Still best for our budget problems

The budget woes that confront both North Carolina and the nation are of our own making; they are the result of policy decisions or indecisions that led to a catastrophic economic downturn and our faltering economic recovery. Unfortunately, ...
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The road not taken

North Carolina has been at crossroads before. And at each of these moments, it was the collective effort of leaders and average North Carolinians that brought the state to a better outcome by forging a path to greater ...
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