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Allan Freyer

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NC’s plummeting commitment to higher ed is a recipe for economic disaster

Access to affordable postsecondary education is important to building a workforce in North Carolina that attracts and retains good-paying jobs across the state. Around two out of every three jobs in the state will require some form of post-secondary education by the year 2020. Our state can meet this challenge, but only if we make sure that more people can access and complete these programs. And the biggest barrier to this remains the unaffordability of post-secondary education.

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High school is not enough: NC economy desperately needs a boost in adult education and training

In 2016, the defining political debate in North Carolina is over what it really takes to grow an economy that works for everyone—an economy that creates enough jobs for everyone who wants one and ensures that those jobs pay enough to make ends meet and achieve middle class prosperity. Amidst the hullaballoo over taxes, trade and HB2 in this election season, it’s easy to overlook one of the most powerful avenues policymakers can take to build this kind of economy—growing the number of workers with post-high school education.

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On HB2, warning signs abound, but state leaders just keep on driving

As the fallout from HB2 continues to pile up, one bad news story at a time, I am reminded of the time a friend of mine drove from Washington, DC to Birmingham, Alabama, unintentionally by way of Miami, Florida. (In case anyone is wondering, Miami is not exactly on a direct route, being about 10 hours further south than one needs to drive when traveling to west Alabama from points north and east).

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Loss of federal funds from HB2 could eliminate 53,000 jobs, $2.4 billion in wages

New report finds rising economic cost to state from discrimination law North Carolina’s economy could suffer significant damage if House Bill 2 is not repealed and the federal government cuts off funding for key investments in education, job training, and public safety, a new report finds.

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Some uncomfortable questions about Eden’s looming brewery closure

State Senate Leader Phil Berger has some questions about the news that MillerCoors is going to close its long-time facility in Eden, Rockingham County, laying off 520 people in the process. Last night, he and fellow Rockingham legislator ...
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Will final budget deal neglect job training yet again?

As rumors continue to swirl on Jones Street about a deal on the FY2015-2017 budget (House Speaker Moore and Senate President Pro Tem Berger will hold a press briefing today at 3:00 p.m.), investments in North Carolina’s community ...
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Governor McCrory is just plain wrong about the jobs picture

Governor McCrory has been at it again lately—incorrectly claiming that his decision to dramatically cut unemployment benefits is responsible for turning around the state’s job market. During a visit to Morganton last week, the Governor stated: “There’s nothing ...
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Still the pits: Why cherry-picked jobs data are not a true reflection of NC economy

Over the past few months, Governor McCrory has been claiming his policies—especially cutting unemployment benefits—are responsible for reducing the state’s unemployment rate. He’s even branded this the “Carolina Comeback.” But as it turns out, the Governor’s claims largely ...
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Last year’s tax cuts undermine new state economic development plan

Earlier this month, the North Carolina Economic Development Board released a new strategic plan for creating jobs and growing the state’s economy over the next decade. The plan listed a number of admirable and important policy goals, including ...
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Jobs recovery still waiting to happen in many NC metros

Despite falling unemployment rates, most of North Carolina’s metro areas are still waiting for meaningful job creation, according to new numbers released Wednesday by the Division of Employment Security. In 11 of 14 of the state’s metro areas, ...
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